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Privacy International wins “historic” victory over Government at Supreme Court

After a five-year battle with the Government, Privacy International has won at the Supreme Court, which has ruled that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal’s (IPT) decisions are subject to judicial review in the High Court. The Supreme Court’s judgement is said to be “a major...
Posted On 17 May 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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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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Government moves to tighten the law in bid to target terrorists’ use of the Internet

Counter-terrorism laws are to be updated to keep pace with modern online behaviour and address the issue of online radicalisation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced. The Government intends to change the law such that those individuals who repeatedly view terrorist content...
Posted On 03 Oct 2017
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OnePoll Survey: “Public calls for deletion of data ‘unlawfully collected’ by UK Government”

Most members of the UK public have expressed a wish that they would like to see the data on UK citizens deemed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to have been unlawfully collected by GCHQ and MI5 for over a decade physically deleted. This is the central finding of a OnePoll...
Posted On 31 Oct 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
GCHQ's famous headquarters at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
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IPT issues final ruling on GCHQ’s handling of Human Rights groups’ communications

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has issued its third and final judgement on challenges raised by Liberty, Privacy International and others as to the lawfulness of the UK’s bulk interception powers and of the intelligence-sharing arrangements between the UK and the US National...
Posted On 23 Jun 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
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