A big ruling has been handed down by the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal, stating that intelligence agencies' (GCHQ, MI5, MI6) bulk data collection has been illegal since its inception.
The ruling said the regime governing the collection of bulk communications data – the who, where, when and what of personal phone and web communications – failed to comply with article 8 protecting the right to privacy of the European convention of human rights (ECHR) between 1998, when it started, and 4 November 2015, when it was made public.
GCHQ, the UK intelligence agency, unlawfully accessed millions of personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled today. The Tribunal is the only UK court with the power to oversee GCH...
British spies illegally collected vast amounts of personal data for more than a decade, senior judges have ruled.
Tribunal finds secret collection and use of confidential personal information by GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 breached privacy laws for more than a decade
Security agencies in Britain collected and retained unlawfully personal data on citizens for 17 years, the country's investigatory powers tribunal has ruled. Read more...