Government mass surveillance breached human rights, says European court

Mass surveillance and data collection programs used by the UK government breached privacy and don’t meet the necessary legal requirements to guarantee rights will be upheld, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.

The court has concluded that the UK’s mass interception programmes breached the European Convention on Human Rights. The case of ‘Big Brother Watch and Others v the United Kingdom‘ was launched by privacy and civil liberties groups in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden revelations, which saw the former US National Security Agency contractor blow the whistle on surveillance and intelligence sharing programs run by intelligence services in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Source:  ZDNet