The UK’s National Intelligence Organisation is conducting what it calls a ‘surveillance operation’ that will see ‘sensitive information’ passed onto NSA analysts in London, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.
The agency is also reportedly planning to deploy its new spy plane to spy on UK embassies in the US, Canada and Australia.
The planes are expected to be installed in the UK in mid-September.
In a statement, the NIO said it was using the information it gathers to ‘undertake a range of intelligence-gathering activities’, including gathering intelligence on UK-based terrorists, as well as potential cyber criminals and international criminals.
The NSA has long been accused of collecting bulk data on its citizens and the agency has repeatedly come under fire from lawmakers and civil liberties groups for collecting vast amounts of personal data.
The NIO was set up in 1953 to carry out the country’s national security needs.
Its current head, John Sawers, is the former chief executive of the NSA, which was dissolved in 2013.
The Snowden revelations have sparked outrage in the United States, which has long demanded an overhaul of how the agency operates.
However, many intelligence officials say they fear it will continue to expand its spying operations and have criticised it for not doing enough to stop the leaks.
US lawmakers, meanwhile, have said that the US is not a signatory to the UN convention on the protection of human rights.