Thursday, 13 September 2018

UK government mass surveillance violated human rights, European Court rules

A mass surveillance programme by the UK government violated human rights, the European Court has ruled.
In a landmark case brought by charities including Amnesty and human rights group Big Brother Watch, the top court ruled that the "bulk interception regime" breached rights to privacy (Article 8).
It comes after US whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed British surveillance and intelligence-sharing practices.

The former CIA employee revealed that security services had been collecting bulk data, including telephone calls, messages and internet communication, whether or not people were suspected of a crime.

The case centred on powers given to security services under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa), which has since been replaced.

In their ruling, judges declared there was insufficient monitoring of what information was being collected and that some safeguards were "inadequate".

They also found the programme breached rights to freedom of expression (Article 10) "as there were insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material".

SKY     News.

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