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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
Thames House in London: the home of MI5 (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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UK intelligence agency MI5 admits “unlawfully spying” on Privacy International

The UK’s domestic-facing intelligence agency MI5 – the Security Service – has admitted that it captured and read registered charity Privacy International’s private data as part of its Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Datasets (BPD)...
Posted On 25 Sep 2018
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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
Prime Minister David Cameron
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Conservatives outline security and policing plans in General Election Manifesto

The Conservative Party’s Manifesto for the 2015 General Election contains detailed sections on fighting crime and terrorism, and also places a strong emphasis on standing up for the victims of crime. Brian Sims takes a look at the Tories’ proposed plans for a post-7...
Posted On 15 Apr 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