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Court of Appeal rules Government surveillance regime to be “effectively unlawful”

The Government is “breaking the law” by collecting the nation’s Internet activity and phone records and letting public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no suspicion of serious crime and no independent sign-off, meaning that significant parts of...
Posted On 31 Jan 2018
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Government concedes need for Snoopers’ Charter to protect rights “but must go further”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed changes to the new Investigatory Powers Act in response to a successful legal claim brought by Tom Watson MP, but according to civil liberties campaign group Liberty, the Conservative Government’s proposals only partially comply with...
Posted On 06 Dec 2017
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Liberty receives green light to challenge Government’s ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ in High Court

The High Court has granted Liberty permission to challenge part of the Government’s “extreme” mass surveillance regime with a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act. Liberty is challenging the mass collection of everybody’s communications data and Internet...
Posted On 01 Jul 2017
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Liberty launches crowdfunded legal challenge to “indiscriminate state spying powers”

Liberty is launching a landmark legal challenge to the “extreme mass surveillance powers” outlined in the Government’s new Investigatory Powers Act which allows the state to monitor everybody’s web history and e-mail, text and phone records and hack computers, phones...
Posted On 10 Jan 2017
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European Union Court of Justice backs challenge to Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act

According to civil liberties and Human Rights champion Liberty, the Government is breaking the law by indiscriminately collecting the nation’s Internet activity and phone records and letting hundreds of public bodies grant themselves access to these personal details with no...
Posted On 21 Dec 2016
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Conservative Government’s “landmark” Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent

A “landmark” document produced by the Conservative Government which sets out and governs the powers available to the police and the security and intelligence agencies when it comes to gathering and accessing electronic communications has received Royal Assent. The Investigatory...
Posted On 08 Dec 2016
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Advocate General: “Lack of safeguards in Government surveillance law breaches people’s fundamental rights”

Powers allowing the police service and public bodies alike to grant themselves access to people’s communications data with no external oversight of that process or the need for suspicion of serious criminality in order to do so breach Human Rights law. That’s the conclusion...
Posted On 26 Jul 2016
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has found in favour of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and GCHQ on all points of law in a case brought by Privacy International and a group of seven Internet Service Providers. The IPT’s ruling made clear that the legal regime...
Posted On 16 Feb 2016
The Government is contesting last July’s ruling which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson
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Government appeals High Court judgement that ruled DRIPA surveillance legislation unlawful

The Government’s appeal against a High Court judgement that ruled its surveillance legislation unlawful contests the July 2015 ruling, which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson represented by...
Posted On 26 Oct 2015
The High Court in London
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DRIPA challenge by MPs: “Government’s surveillance law is unlawful” rules High Court

Having duly assessed a strong and bold challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson who were represented by Liberty, the High Court has subsequently found that Sections 1 and 2 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (otherwise known as DRIPA) are...
Posted On 22 Jul 2015
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