UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said the judgment “vindicated Mr Snowden’s courageous whistleblowing and the tireless work of Big Brother Watch and others in our pursuit for justice”.

“This landmark judgment confirming that the UK’s mass spying breached fundamental rights vindicates Mr Snowden’s courageous whistleblowing and the tireless work of Big Brother Watch and others in our pursuit for justice.

Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the UK has adopted the most authoritarian surveillance regime of any Western state, corroding democracy itself and the rights of the British public. This judgment is a vital step towards protecting millions of law-abiding citizens from unjustified intrusion. However, since the new Investigatory Powers Act arguably poses an ever greater threat to civil liberties, our work is far from over.”

Silkie Carlo was interviewed on Channel 4 News and TalkRadio.

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