UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful

GCHQ Building at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GCHQ can detect the work of hackers around the globe.

Appeal ruling means significant parts of ‘snooper’s charter’ legislation must be changed Appeal court judges have ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance regime unlawful as a result of a legal challenge brought by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson. Liberty, the human rights campaign group which represented Watson in the case, said the ruling meant significant parts of theInvestigatory Powers Act 2016 – known as the “snooper’s charter” – are effectively unlawful and must be urgently changed.

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