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

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

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.

Passage of DRIP surveillance bill shameful

17 July 2014

The following is a statement from Privacy International following the passage of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. For more information, email Mike Rispoli,

It is shameful that, in a year since the Edward Snowden revealed the scope of the UK mass surveillance activities, the only British parliamentary action in relation to surveillance has been to drastically expand the interception powers of intelligence agencies.

UK Rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on trial

11 July 2014

Privacy International and Amnesty International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt to deflect from a landmark hearing starting Monday, challenging the validity of UK spy agencies’ justification for mass surveillance of British citizens’ social media use.

Carly Nyst, Legal Director of Privacy International said

The timing of this legislation could not be more audacious,

Privacy International challenges GCHQ's unlawful hacking of computers, mobile phones

13 May 2014

Privacy International today filed a legal complaint demanding an end to the unlawful hacking being carried out by GCHQ which, in partnership with the NSA, is infecting potentially millions of computer and mobile devices around the world with malicious software that gives them the ability to sweep up reams of content, switch on users' microphones or cameras, listen to their phone calls and track their locations.

High Court slams HMRC for unlawful concealing of information surrounding export of spyware FinFisher

12 May 2014

In a damning judgment today the Administrative Court declared that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) acted unlawfully and “irrationally” in issuing blanket refusals into the status of any investigation into the potentially illegal export of the spyware FinFisher to repressive regimes by UK-based Gamma International.