UK mass surveillance violates right to privacy, rules European court | News | DW


In a landmark decision on Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that parts of the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance program violate the targets’ right to privacy.

Human rights groups, civil liberties organizations, privacy advocates and journalists brought the case to Europe’s top rights court. The groups launched their legal challenge after US whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the UK’s surveillance and intelligence-sharing practices, dubbed the “Big Brother” program.

Main takeaways from the ruling

The court examined three contentious points in the British…



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