The Investigatory Powers Tribunal, having delivered its judgment in relation to the domestic and ECHR law issues, in judgment dated 17 October 2016 ( UKIP TRIB 15_110-CH) proceeded in relation to the remaining issues to be determined:
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Privacy International litigates to ensure that surveillance is consistent with the rule of law.
Below is a listing of the legal actions we have taken against governments and companies.
United States District Court for the Central District of California
On 3 March 2016, Privacy International, together with Human Rights Watch, filed an amicus curiae brief in In the Matter of the Search of an Apple iPhone Seized during the Execution of a Search Warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California License Plate 35KGD203 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Application No. 24960/15
European Court of Human Rights
Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs et al. (Bulk Personal Datasets & Bulk Communications Data challenge)
Privacy International in October 2014 made a criminal complaint to the National Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency, urging the immediate investigation of the unlawful surveillance of three Bahraini activists living in the UK by Bahraini authorities using the intrusive malware FinFisher supplied by British company Gamma.
Privacy International in September 2014 filed a legal challenge in Europe's top human rights court demanding the release of secret documents detailing the spying agreements between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Privacy International filed formal complaints with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the UK against some of the world’s leading telecommunication companies, for providing assistance to British spy agency GCHQ in the mass interception of internet and telephone traffic passing through undersea fibre optic cables.
In the wake of revelations that the UK Government is accessing wide-ranging intelligence information from the US and is conducting mass surveillance on citizens across the UK, Privacy International has commenced legal action against the Government, charging that the expansive spying regime is seemingly operated outside of the rule of law, lacks any accountability, and is neither necessary nor proportionate.
In August 2012, Privacy International began an investigation into Gamma International, a UK-based surveillance company that was exporting the invasive spyware FinFisher to repressive regimes with dismal human rights records.