Human Rights challenge to the legality of UK citizen surveillance


The European Court of Human Rights has ruled on a challenge to the legality of the surveillance of UK citizens and collection of their personal information and communications. The Court held that the bulk interception of data violated ECHR, art 8 (right to a private life) for reasons including the lack of independent oversight, and the acquiring of individuals’ communications data from communication service providers was also not in accordance with the law. The Court also found, in the case of journalists, that the regime breached ECHR, art 10 (freedom of expression). The case follows the revelations of Edward Snowden.

For a summary of the case and a link to the judgment, please click here.

Helen Mountfield QC acted for Big Brother Watch; Matthew Ryder QC and Edward Craven for Liberty; Dan Squires QC for Privacy International; Gavin Millar QC and Aidan Wills for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism; Hugh Tomlinson QC, Nick Armstrong and Tamara Jaber for Amnesty International and Richard Hermer QC, Sarah Hannett and Angeline Welsh for Human Rights Watch.