The UK government has revealed that it classifies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as external communications because the companies are based overseas.
It means that intelligence agency GCHQ can intercept British citizens' use of such platforms without a warrant.
The loophole was revealed as part of an ongoing legal battle with campaign group Privacy International (PI).
PI said the interpretation of the law "patronises the British people".
It is the first time that the UK has commented on how the UK's legal framework allows the mass interception of communications as outlined by US whistleblower Edward Snowden in his leaks about global government surveillance.
The policy was revealed by Charles Farr, director general of the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism.
Don't you just love a loophole. Just because it legal, doesn't make it right or just / justified.
There are not enough controls on these entities.
The more I here, the more I believe Edward Snowden was right to take the action he did.
Oh!!!! sorry for that mirco-rant. How was your weekend. I hope you have a great Monday.