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GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing unlawful, says UK surveillance tribunal

Date: 
6 February 2015

British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled today. The decision marks the first time that the Tribunal, the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever ruled against the intelligence and security services in its 15 year history.

Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules GCHQ mass surveillance programme TEMPORA is legal in principle

Date: 
18 December 2014

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) today followed its previous judgments in finding that UK security services may in principle carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under RIPA, the 2000 law that pre-dates the modern internet.

Privacy International uncovers widespread surveillance throughout Central Asia, exposes role of Israeli companies

Date: 
20 November 2014

Governments across Central Asia have deployed advanced surveillance systems, including monitoring centres capable of spying on an entire country's communications, according to a new investigative report published today by Privacy International.

EU catches up, takes steps to control export of intrusion spyware, IP monitoring

Date: 
7 November 2014

Privacy International, Reporters Without Borders, Digitale Gesellschaft, FIDH, and Human Rights Watch welcome news that the European Commission will move ahead and add specific forms of surveillance technology to the EU control list on dual use items, thus taking steps to finally hold companies to account who sell spy equipment and enable human rights abuses.

UK Government human rights watchdog refuses to hold telcos accountable for role in GCHQ mass surveillance

Date: 
27 October 2014

A complaint by Privacy International against the six undersea fibre optic cable companies, including BT and Vodafone, that facilitate GCHQ’s mass surveillance practices has been rejected by the UK agency charged with ensuring corporate compliance with human rights obligations, after the companies refused to reveal the extent of their cooperation with GCHQ.

Privacy International files criminal complaint on behalf of Bahraini activists targeted by spyware FinFisher

Date: 
13 October 2014

Privacy International today has 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.

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