Ruling on UK intelligence services opens way for litigation re decades of snooping

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The recent IPT (Investigatory Powers Tribunal) ruling that the mass surveillance practices of UK intelligence services – in particular GCHQ – was unlawful has huge implications and could lead to innumerable class actions or litigation by individuals. Legal challenges are already underway on behalf of journalists. The IPT ruling appeared to refer to the use of technologies covering the last seven years, but another interpretation is that the illegality of mass surveillance could go way back beyond that period. The implications are only beginning to sink in…

First, a recap…

In December 2014 the IPT ruled that GCHQ practices – specifically Tempora – were lawful. However, Carly Nyst, Legal Director at Privacy International commented: “The proceedings forced the Government to disclose secret policies governing how foreign intelligence agencies, including the NSA, share information with GCHQ. Privacy International believes that the fact that these secret policies are only now…

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