Mass internet spying was unlawful

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Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Mass surveillance of the internet by UK intelligence services has been unlawful in the past but now complies with legislation, a watchdog has ruled.

In its second judgment relating to a case brought by civil liberty groups, t he Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) found that an intelligence-sharing relationship between Britain’s listening post GCHQ and America’s National Security Agency (NSA) breached human rights laws prior to December last year.

Rules governing the UK’s access to the NSA’s mass surveillance programmes, known as Prism and Upstream, were secret and it was not until they were revealed by the Government in December that GCHQ’s activity became compliant with the European Court of Human Rights, the IPT said.

It is the first time the tribunal, which considers complaints brought against GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, has found against the intelligence agencies in its 15-year history.

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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