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European Court to Decide Whether U.K. Mass Surveillance Revealed by Snowden Violates Human Rights
A panel of 10 judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, held a hearing Tuesday [7 NOV 2017] to examine the U.K. government's large-scale electronic spying operations, following three separate challenges brought by a dozen human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Privacy International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Big Brother Watch, the Open Rights Group, and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
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Government lawyer James Eadie told the court that using surveillance systems to collect and store communications is not itself a violation of privacy. Instead, he said, privacy is only violated when there is "sentient examination" of communications - in other words, when a human analyst reads or listens to individual messages or calls. This will be a key point of contention for the Strasbourg judges to consider.

chamber hearing (running time 02:53:36)

  • Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom (no. 58170/13)

  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v. the United Kingdom (no. 62322/14)

  • 10 Human Rights Organisations and Others v. the United Kingdom (no. 24960/15)

precedent: Joined Cases C‑203/15 and C‑698/15, Judgment, 21 Dec 2016

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by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 at 01:27:13 AM EST
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