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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
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
Jeremy Fleming: director of GCHQ
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Securing the Next Generation of Technology

Here, Jeremy Fleming writes about the unparalleled opportunities and challenges we face as the world becomes ever more digitally connected. With the globalisation of technology, Fleming explains how GCHQ will continue to work with businesses, technology companies, academia and...
Posted On 28 Aug 2018
NATO headquarters
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GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming addresses NATO on benefits of collective security

During his visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday 19 June, GCHQ’s director Jeremy Fleming talked about countering global threats, the importance of European partnerships and the benefits of collective security. After meeting with the NATO secretary general Jens...
Posted On 25 Jun 2018
Security Minister Ben Wallace
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Home Office wins High Court judgement on maintaining powers to keep citizens safe

The Home Office has welcomed a High Court judgement upholding the lawfulness of the data retention regime outlined in the Investigatory Powers Act. The High Court handed down its judgement in favour of the Conservative Government following a legal challenge delivered by civil...
Posted On 02 May 2018
The High Court in London
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High Court to hear first part of Liberty’s landmark challenge to mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act

On Tuesday 27 February and Wednesday 28 February, the High Court is hearing the first part of Liberty’s landmark legal challenge to the Government’s flagship surveillance law that is the Investigatory Powers Act. The challenge has been funded by donations from members of the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2018
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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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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
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