Surveillance



MI6 apologises for asking court staff to withhold evidence from judges

MI6 has been forced to apologise to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal after two of its officers asked court staff to return documents relating to MI6’s use of agents and not show them to judges. The tribunal suggested MI6’s actions were “inappropriate interference”.

Published 28 July 2020

South Africa: High Court rules bulk interception is unlawful

Bulk interception by the South African National Communications Centre is unlawful and invalid, the High Court in Pretoria has ruled in a historic judgment.

Published 17 September 2019

Wales: Use of facial recognition tech lawful, High Court rules

The use of facial recognition technology by police to search for people in crowds is lawful, the High Court has ruled.

Published 5 September 2019

Liberty loses challenge to snoopers' charter in High Court

Liberty has lost a High Court challenge against the UK's surveillance laws, saying that the ruling allowed the government “to spy on every one of us”.

Published 30 July 2019

Surveillance powers to be considered by European Court of Human Rights

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 use of previously-secret surveillance powers and its sharing of massive amounts of private communications.

Published 9 July 2019

NUJ to intervene in judicial review against bulk surveillance law

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has been granted permission to intervene in a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA).

Published 14 June 2019

US: Amazon faces lawsuits over recording of children's voices

Amazon is facing two lawsuits in the US over its storage of children's voices through its Alexa product, The Register reports.

Published 13 June 2019

MI5 retention of innocent people's data 'undoubtedly unlawful'

MI5 has been unlawfully retaining innocent people’s data for years, the High Court of England and Wales has been told.

Published 12 June 2019

Rights groups join Apple, Google and Microsoft in calling on GCHQ to drop eavesdropping plans

A coalition of more than 50 civil rights groups, security experts and tech companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft have signed an open letter calling on GCHQ to abandon proposals for eavesdropping on encrypted conversations.

Published 30 May 2019