Court rules that the UK’s mass digital surveillance regime is unlawful


Re: SSHD v Watson & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 70

The Court of Appeal ruled that Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 was “inconsistent with EU law” because it did not restrict the accessing of confidential personal phone and web browsing records to investigations of serious crime, and allowed police and other public bodies to authorise their own access without adequate oversight.

Jessica Simor QC was involved in this case.