MI5 Head Says Tech Companies Have Responsibility on Terror Data

Andrew Parker, the director general of the U.K. Security Service, known as MI5, said technology companies have an ethical responsibility to alert authorities when they found evidence of terrorist threats and other serious crimes.

Parker told BBC Radio 4 Thursday that there is “a real question over whether companies such as Facebook Inc. ‘‘should come forward to the authorities and share and report it.’’

Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized social-media companies after a report into the 2013 murder of Lee Rigby, a British soldier, found one of the killers had talked about his intentions online. The message wasn’t drawn to the attention of authorities.

Cameron has asked Nigel Sheinwald, former U.K. ambassador to Washington, to find ways of getting technology companies to share data with British authorities even though they’re mainly under U.S. jurisdiction.

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