Reference to the EU court on legality of bulk communications data collection


Re: Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Ors IPT/15/110/CH

The tribunal considered whether the collection of Bulk Communications Data (BCD) and Bulk Personal Data (BPD) by the intelligence agencies fell within the scope of EU law and thus whether it was compliant. A reference was made to the European Court on the basis that it was unclear as to whether the use of such data for the purposes of national security was governed by EU law and subject to relevant requirements.

Jonathan Glasson QC was involved in this case.