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UK mass surveillance challenge “will go to Europe’s highest Human Rights court”

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear Big Brother Watch and others’ case against mass surveillance by the UK Government. In September last year, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the...
Posted On 07 Feb 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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Big Brother Watch begins “landmark legal challenge” to police use of facial recognition surveillance technology

Privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch and Baroness Jenny Jones have issued proceedings in the High Court in a crowdfunded legal challenge to the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of what it describes as “Orwellian” facial recognition...
Posted On 26 Jul 2018
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Official Secrets Acts reviewed to “meet challenges of the 21st Century” states Law Commission

The Official Secrets Acts are being independently reviewed to ensure that the law is keeping pace with the challenges of the 21st Century. The Law Commission – a non-political independent body set up by Parliament in 1965 to keep all the laws of England and Wales under review,...
Posted On 15 Feb 2017
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 Ministry of Defence headquarters in central London
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Policy Exchange report pinpoints surge in legal claims against the Ministry of Defence

According to one of the UK’s leading Think Tanks, Britain’s Armed Forces are “under threat from a sustained legal assault” which could “paralyse” the effectiveness of the military with “catastrophic consequences” for the safety of the...
Posted On 13 Oct 2015
Shami Chakrabarti: director of Liberty
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Liberty and Big Brother Watch back calls for overhaul of State surveillance laws

Civil liberties and Human Rights campaigning organisations Liberty and Big Brother Watch have jointly welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance outlined in the Investigatory Powers Review....
Posted On 11 Jun 2015
The Government is facing a challenge from Liberty around the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act
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High Court to hear Liberty’s legal challenge on Government’s “emergency” surveillance law

Liberty’s legal challenge to the UK Government’s surveillance law – on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson – is being heard by the High Court on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June. Liberty will argue on Davis and Watson’s behalf that the Data Retention and...
Posted On 04 Jun 2015