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UK's surveillance powers to be considered by Europe's highest human rights court

Massive amounts of private communications from ordinary people is being intercepted and processed on a daily basis © Beraldo Leal

European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber to consider UK’s bulk surveillance powers for first time ‘We need to be protected from intrusive and over-powerful states that think nothing of secretly harvesting and sharing vast amounts of our private data and communications’ - Lucy Claridge The UK Government’s bulk surveillance powers will be examined by the highest chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week, the latest stage in a long-running legal battle over the UK’s unlawful use of previously-secret surveillance powers and its sharing of massive amounts of private

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Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that UK laws enabling mass surveillance violate the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. Judges found that: The UK’s historical bulk interception regime violated the right to privacy protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and to free expression, protected by Article 10. The interception of communications data is as serious a breach of privacy as the interception of content, meaning the UK regime for bulk interception of communications data was unlawful. The UK’s regime for authorising bulk interception

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Landmark UK surveillance case to be heard in Strasbourg tomorrow

The UK’s surveillance laws and practices affect the privacy and other rights of millions of people around the world

The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance tomorrow (7 November) as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices. The case, described by campaigners as a “watershed moment for people’s privacy and freedom of expression across the world”, is being brought by Amnesty International, Liberty, Privacy International, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and ten other human rights groups - as well as two individuals - based in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The case is the

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Mar 30 2017 5:34PM
UK Government targeting WhatsApp is another security red herring

Written by Joe Westby, Amnesty Researcher on Technology and Human Rights Follow @JoeWestby on Twitter Anyone who hoped that the debate about encryption had already been put to bed was, sadly, wrong. Today, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd...

Why Edward Snowden should be pardoned

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He stood up for our rights, starting a global debate on mass surveillance that changed the world – yet whistleblower Edward Snowden faces decades in prison for it. Currently exiled in Russia, he is wanted in the US, where he could serve up to 30 years in prison for exposing human rights abuses by governments around the world.

President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before he leaves office

Edward Snowden speaking to an audience at Amnesty's London office last year via video-link from Russia © Rudi Netto

‘It will be a deep stain on President Obama’s legacy if he leaves office with Snowden still in exile in Russia’ - Salil Shetty UK Government should ‘drop plans for new snooping laws which would extend the intrusive and unchallengeable powers of the intelligence services’ US President Barack Obama should place himself on the right side of history by pardoning the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, said Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch and a host of other organisations and individuals as they launched a global petition today. Ahead of the release on

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Mar 11 2016 3:45PM
Edward Snowden: 'Privacy is for the powerless'

To mark World Day Against Cyber Censorship, Edward Snowden talks to us about how governments are watching everything we do online, and why we must bring mass surveillance back under control. Today, the government is granting itself the...

Jul 2 2015 5:30PM
We need to know why the UK government spied on Amnesty International

Temperatures hit the roof at our London office yesterday on the hottest July day since records began. It wasn’t just the mercury in the barometers that was rising – we had just been emailed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT)...

Which countries could have access to your data?

In June 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden, exposed how governments are invading our privacy on a massive scale. He showed the world how intelligence agencies are working together to spy on our emails, web searches, calls, and much more.

Within the documents he leaked, Snowden also revealed how governments are willing sharing our personal data. The USA has secret pacts to share intelligence with at least 41 countries.

David Anderson report: 'radical overhaul' of surveillance laws needed

David Anderson QC has said the UK needs 'comprehensive and comprehensible' laws

‘We’ll be arguing strongly for proper limits on the powers of the snoops and the spooks’ - Rachel Logan

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