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ECHR rules data collection by GCHQ in violation of human rights

Not enough surveillance safeguards for methods for bulk interception of online communications

MaBi   13 September 2018 - 19:13   categories: Europe, UK, State surveillance   tags: ECHR, Investigatory Powers Act, RIPA

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications are in violation of rights to privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards.

A coalition of 14 human rights groups and privacy organisations including Amnesty International, Liberty, Privacy International, Big Brother Watch and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism had brought the claim in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations.

The Guardian: GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules