The judges said both the collection and holding of personal data breached people’s right to privacy [Image: Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images].

The judges said both the collection and holding of personal data breached people’s right to privacy [Image: Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images].

… It was mentioned in This Blog, two years ago, and appears to have been the justification for Theresa May’s snooper’s charter: She was legalising what she had already been doing.

The European Court of Justice had ruled that the then-current laws invaded individual privacy, and now the investigatory powers tribunal has ruled that the law does not comply with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Incidentally, Theresa May has been planning to quit the European Convention on Human Rights since before she became prime minister.

This information has been available for years.

If anybody missed it, they probably haven’t been reading Vox Political.

Maybe they need to start. Please feel free to encourage them – you’ll be doing us all a favour.

British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, senior judges have ruled.

The investigatory powers tribunal, which is the only court that hears complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said the security services operated an illegal regime to collect vast amounts of communications data, tracking individual phone and web use and other confidential personal information, without adequate safeguards or supervision for 17 years.

Privacy campaigners described the ruling as “one of the most significant indictments of the secret use of the government’s mass surveillance powers” since Edward Snowden first began exposing the extent of British and American state digital surveillance of citizens in 2013.

The tribunal said the regime governing the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) – the who, where, when and what of personal phone and web communications – failed to comply with article 8 protecting the right to privacy of the European convention of human rights (ECHR) between 1998, when it started, and 4 November 2015, when it was made public.

It added that the retention of of bulk personal datasets (BPD) – which might include medical and tax records, individual biographical details, commercial and financial activities, communications and travel data – also failed to comply with article 8 for the decade it was in operation until it was publicly acknowledged in March 2015.

Source: UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules | World news | The Guardian

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