UK mass surveillance unlawful under European rules, court says
Europe’s top human rights court ruled that British mass surveillance and intelligence-gathering practices breached human rights laws. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights upheld a 2018 ruling by the court’s lower chamber that found some aspects of British surveillance activities violated provisions in the European Convention on Human Rights aimed at safeguarding Europeans’ rights to privacy.
The court’s 17 judges unanimously agreed that wasn’t enough independent scrutiny of processes used by British intelligence services to sift through billions of calls, emails, text messages and other data and digital communications intercepted in bulk, resulting in violations of the right to privacy and freedom of expression.
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