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UK Tribunal Says Spy Agencies Illegally Collected Communications Data In Bulk For More Than A Decade

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.
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