Intelligence services intercepted civil liberty group communications unlawfully


Re: Liberty & Ors v Government Communications Headquarters & Ors IPT/13/77/H

The IPT has ruled, inter alia, that the intelligence services acted unlawfully in the way they handled intercepted private communications of two civil liberties groups. In the first instance, EIPR’s communications were intercepted, accessed and then unlawfully “retained for materially longer than permitted”. In the second, LRC’s communications were intercepted, then unlawfully selected for examination in contravention of internal procedures that were “not followed in this case”. It was the services’ failure to follow their own procedures that resulted in the unlawful conduct.

Matthew Ryder QC, Edward Craven, Dan Squires, Hugh Tomlinson QC, Nick Armstrong and Tamara Jaber were involved in this case.