British Intel Agency QCHC Found Guilty of Human Rights Breach by Secret Court [Sputniknews]

06.02.2015

British intelligence agency GCHQ has been found guilty of unlawfully accessing the private communications of millions of people, a UK tribunal has found.

GCHQ’s access to the intercepted information, which was originally collected by the US National Security Agency (NSA) was found to be against human rights laws, according to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).

The tribunal ruled that there was a lack of transparency in regards to the intelligence sharing operation between the two entities, with the IPT ruling that the actions, which were in place from as early as 2007 until December 2014, were unlawful.

The ruling is significant as it is the first time that the tribunal has found a British intelligence agency guilty of a breach of law…

…Civil liberty groups such as Privacy International and Liberty brought the case forward…

Excerpted; full article link: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150206/1017869449.html

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