January 31, 2018

Judges Say the UK’s Digital Surveillance Program Snooper’s Charter Is Illegal (

Mark Wilson writes: Judges have ruled that the UK government’s digital surveillance program — known variously as the Snooper’s Charter and the Investigatory Powers Act — is illegal.

In the case brought by human rights group Liberty, appeal judges found that the preceding Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) — which ultimately became the Snooper’s Charter — failed to offer adequate protection to people’s data. Of particular concern was the fact that private data could be shared between different agencies without sufficient oversight. Further reading: The Intercept.

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