British web surveillance violated human rights, court rules

Britain’s GCHQ violated human rights by accessing intelligence from the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, a UK court ruled today, though the agency is now considered compliant after disclosing details of the arrangement late last year. In a ruling handed down Friday morning, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) said the GCHQ, Britain’s NSA-equivalent, violated rights to privacy and free speech under an intelligence sharing arrangement that allowed it to access data from the NSA’s PRISM and upstream surveillance programs.

The IPT is the only court with the authority to oversee the GCHQ and Britain’s other intelligence services. This marks the first time in its 15-year history that the tribunal has ruled against an intelligence and…

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