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Human Rights groups seek to build on historic surveillance judgement in fresh Grand Chamber appeal

Following last year’s victory in which the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found the UK’s historic surveillance regime was illegal, a coalition of Human Rights groups is now asking the Strasbourg Court’s Grand Chamber to go further in its judgement. Last September, after a...
Posted On 10 Jul 2019
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Liberty investigation reveals MI5 “unlawfully” handled bulk surveillance data

According to an investigation by Human Rights campaign group Liberty, MI5 has been “unlawfully” retaining innocent people’s data for years. Apparently, and again according to Liberty, the British Security Service has also failed to give senior Judges accurate information about...
Posted On 11 Jun 2019
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UK’s mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark European Court of Human Rights judgement

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached Article 8 ‘The Right to Privacy’ enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court found that the UK’s mass surveillance programmes, revealed by NSA...
Posted On 13 Sep 2018
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European Court of Human Rights to hear “landmark challenge” to UK Government mass surveillance

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg will hear a landmark case on surveillance this week as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices. Described by campaigners as a “watershed moment...
Posted On 07 Nov 2017
Professor Michael Clarke (director general at RUSI) outlines the findings of the Independent Surveillance Review Panel
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Independent Surveillance Review calls for “fresh start” to the law on interception of communications

Following on from 12 months of thorough investigation and consultation, the Independent Surveillance Review has now delivered its conclusions to Prime Minister David Cameron in the form of a report entitled: ‘A Democratic Licence to Operate’ which duly states that a new and...
Posted On 20 Jul 2015
James Welch of Liberty
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Liberty takes fight against mass surveillance to European Court of Human Rights

Liberty has filed an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights against the Investigatory Powers Tribunal’s ruling that UK intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance activities are legal. Liberty is challenging the Tribunal’s December 2014 judgement that GCHQ’s Tempora...
Posted On 13 Apr 2015
GCHQ at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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“Intelligence sharing between UK and USA was unlawful” rules Investigatory Powers Tribunal

GCHQ acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s private communications collected in bulk by the USA’s National Security Agency. That’s the ruling of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which was announced today. The Tribunal found that the intelligence sharing...
Posted On 06 Feb 2015