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Legal News
16 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with three anonymous individuals, filed a complaint [text, PDF] Monday alleging that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is violating their rights by sharing communications with the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official websites]. The complaint alleges that GCHQ has been intercepting and … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday adopted [press release] four new resolutions, one of which creates [text] a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Rights groups called Friday for urgent action to protect private calls and online correspondence after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. Edward Snowden allegedly leaked documents [AP report] to The Intercept [report], an online news source, claiming the … [read more]

Legal News
6 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that the UK's mass surveillance of citizens' Internet use violates humans rights law. The IPT's purpose is to review complaints related to UK intelligence agencies, but the body is secretive. The IPT specified that the Government Communications … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The criminal division of the UK Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday declared [order, PDF] that some coverage of the trial of two terrorism suspects from London will be held in open court, but core aspects of the trial will remain confidential. The case is Guardian News and … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A panel of five judges for the UK Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that UK laws do allow for whole life prison sentences, despite a July European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruling [judgment, PDF] finding whole life sentences violate human rights, unless … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] alleging fraud against the background check firm, United States Investigations Services (USIS) [corporate website]. USIS was contracted by the DOJ to perform background checks on individuals at varying levels. The DOJ alleges the USIS faked … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Bytes for All (B4A) [advocacy website], a Pakistani human rights organization focusing on information and communication technologies, has filed suit [complaint] with the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (ITP) [official website] against the British government for its cable-tapping program, Tempora. B4A is partnered with Privacy International [advocacy website], which filed … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] on Monday that it has filed a complaint against the UK government over concerns that the country's intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official website] unlawfully accessed AI's communications. Following disclosures by Edward Snowden [BBC profile] about the US PRISM program … [read more]

Legal News
3 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] on Monday stated that he plans to launch an investigation [Guardian op-ed] into the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official websites]. Emmerson posed questions regarding the political and legal … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The UK spy agency GCHQ [official website] is facing a legal challenge [press release] in the European Human Rights Court (ECHR) [official websites] to its online surveillance programs. Claims [text, PDF] filed in the ECHR on Thursday allege that the massive programs, which are able to read the content … [read more]

Legal News
14 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] A judge for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official website] on Friday ordered [opinion, PDF] the review of FISC opinions to identify which are subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [ACLU backgrounder] disclosure. The order comes in response to a motion [text, PDF] filed by the American … [read more]

Legal News
9 Sep 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] According to a report [WP report] released by the Washington Post Saturday, the Obama administration won permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official websites] court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails. The revelations … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Guardian [official website] on Thursday obtained files showing that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) [official websites], have compromised the guarantees that Internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications are encrypted. The files, published [NYT … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The UK Royal Courts of Justice [official website] on Tuesday are scheduled to hear the lawsuit of a Pakistani citizen who sued the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office [official website] in order to discover the extent and lawfulness of UK government aid to US unmanned drone [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A UK human rights group and law firm announced Monday that they will bring legal proceedings [press release] against the British government for sharing intelligence with the US to assist in drone strikes [JURIST news archive] against Pakistan. The London charity Reprieve [advocacy website] and Leigh Day & Co … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] is expected to propose legislation that would allow the use of wiretap evidence in British courtrooms, specifically in cases of organized crime and terrorism, according to British press reports Tuesday. The practice is already common in the US, Australia, and other … [read more]

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