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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.
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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