Nov 9th 2017

Big Brother Watch at the European Court of Human Rights – Case Summary

Big Brother Watch and Others v UK  On Tuesday, our case against UK Government surveillance was heard in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. It is really quite exceptional for a case to be given a full hearing – most proceedings are dealt with in writing – but this demonstrates how […]

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Nov 3rd 2017

Big Brother Watch and Others v UK at the European Court of Human Rights

After 4 years, our case against UK Government surveillance is getting a hearing in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the UK intelligence agency GCHQ was running a mass surveillance and bulk communications interception programme known as TEMPORA.  UK intelligence agencies were also receiving data […]

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Jul 3rd 2014

Lack of UK surveillance transparency exposed once again

With the publication of the second report by the US’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Board (PCLOB), the ball is now firmly in the UK Government’s court. The report added to the US’s response to the revelations made by Edward Snowden and places the lack of a response on this side of the Atlantic in stark contrast. […]

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Jun 18th 2014

Mass Surveillance Policy Revealed by UK Intelligence

The Government’s top counter-terrorism official has been forced to reveal the Government’s secret policy which allows for the mass surveillance of every Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google user in the UK. It is the first time the Government has openly commented on how it thinks it can use the UK’s vague surveillance legal framework to […]

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Dec 9th 2013

Surveillance law reform is not optional

Today, some of the world’s biggest technology companies have spelled out the principles that they believe should underpin the balance between privacy and security online. In full page advertisements eight firms, including Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, signed a joint letter calling for Governments to adopt the following principles to underpin a reform of surveillance […]

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