UK mass surveillance does not breach human rights

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has, this morning, handed down judgment in claims brought by Amnesty International, Privacy International, Liberty, and other NGOs against the mass surveillance programs uncovered by Edward Snowden in June 2013.  The Tribunal considered the claims on the basis of assumed facts, given that the security services neither confirm nor deny the existence of these programs.  The Tribunal ruled that the current legal regime governing mass surveillance does not currently breach Articles 8 or 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, largely on the basis of previously secret policies that were revealed during the proceedings.  The Tribunal will now decide whether there has been any historic breach of human rights prior to the date of its judgment.

 

Amnesty InternationalPrivacy International and Liberty have all indicated that they will challenge this judgment before the European Court of Human Rights.  Further background is available from the Guardian.

 

Kirsty Brimelow QC and Jude Bunting acted for Amnesty International in these Tribunal proceedings.

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