“Privacy International”, an international network of 40 non-governmental organizations,  in its new report has identified alarming weaknesses  in the oversight arrangements that are supposed to govern the sharing of intelligence between state intelligence agencies.

The investigation carried out by organizations, translated into the report “Secret Global Surveillance Networks: Intelligence Sharing between Governments and the Need for Safeguards” suggests safeguards designed in the era of phone wiretapping cannot be used in the era of mass surveillance, where governments are increasingly collecting enormous amounts of digital information on many people, including people of no interest to the intelligence agencies.

According to the report, most countries in the world lack domestic legislation that would regulate the sharing of intelligence. In other countries, it is a matter of insufficiently clearly defined legal obligations.

All this is a huge threat to human rights, says the report.