18 October 2016 - UK spying agencies collected Britons' data for 17 years
Jason Murdock (International Business Times, 17/10/2016)
British spies at GCHQ and MI5 unlawfully collected bulk data on UK citizens without sufficient oversight or safeguards for over 10 years, according to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) – the legal body that rules on complaints against UK security and intelligence services.
In a case brought forward by campaigning group Privacy International, the Tribunal found the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) and bulk personal datasets (BPDs) was in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).
"The BPD regime failed to comply with the ECHR principles which we have above set out throughout the period prior to its avowal in March 2015," the court ruled, adding the "BCD regime failed to comply with such principles in the period prior to its avowal in November 2015."
Chris Baraniuk (BBC News, 17/10/2016)
Complaints about data collection by GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 were put forward by campaign group Privacy International.
The ruling said some data collection did not comply with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Alan Travis (The Guardian, 17/10/2016)
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.
GCHQ, MI6 and MI5
Matt Burgess (Wired, 17/10/2016)
The UK's security services, including GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, have been unlawfully collecting and using mass datasets of personal information for more than 10 years.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has ruled in a judgement published online that the bodies had been collecting data without safeguards or supervision.
The setups of 'Bulk Communications Data' (BCD) and 'Bulk Personal Datasets' by the agencies did not comply with the right to privacy (Article 8) in the European Convention on Human Rights. The two schemes "failed to comply" with the ECHR protections until they were admitted and codes of practices were put in place in 2015, the tribunal added.
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