Secretive court to hear state surveillance complaints

By Jane Croft

A secretive UK court that investigates complaints against intelligence agencies will this week hear the first of a series of legal challenges relating to alleged surveillance by security services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is due to hear a case lodged by human rights groups that stems from the US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about state surveillance. The groups have accused Britain of breaching human rights to privacy after Mr Snowden gave details last year of far-reaching online surveillance programmes by the US and UK governments. He said the UK security services gained information from internet traffic through an operation called Tempora.”

GCHQ is engaging in bulk interception of communications carried on fibre-optic cables entering or leaving the UK,” they said. “Many if not most communications, even between an MP and her constituents, will be carried on such cables.”

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