Spy Kids: GCHQ in schools

GCHQ, Britain’s listening post which has conducted unlawful mass surveillance and offensive cyber operations, is now running a secretive programme in at least 40 UK schools which gives it access to children as young as four.

Declassified UK can reveal that Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain’s largest intelligence agency, has gained access to at least 22,000 primary and secondary school children in dozens of UK schools, and that the organisation may be spying on children.

GCHQ officers are operating in at least one school, while parents of pupils at schools across the programme do not appear to have been informed about the extent of the spy agency’s role in it.