Michael Bochenek, Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International, said:
“In the face of such secret and extensive programmes of mass surveillance the current legal framework governing surveillance in the UK is woefully inadequate and urgently needs reform.“As a global organisation working on many sensitive issues that would be of particular interest to security services in the US and UK, we are deeply troubled by the prospect that the communications of our staff may have been intercepted.“We should remember, however, that secret, mass surveillance programmes like PRISM and Tempora affect not just organisations like Amnesty International, but each and every one of us and our right to privacy.”
IPT investigation should be public
Michael Bochenek added:
“It would be a ridiculous irony if the IPT’s examination into surveillance that has been carried out in secret, were itself totally secret.”
Kirsty Brimelow QC and Jude Bunting of Doughty Street Chambers are representing Amnesty International in the complaint.
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09 Dec 2013, 10:05am