Amnesty International UK Release
‘This is an historic victory in the age-old battle for the right to privacy and free expression’ – Rachel Logan
Amnesty International and others won an historic victory today as the legal body that oversees the practices of the UK secret services acknowledged that the USA and the UK’s intelligence sharing on communications surveillance violated human rights law.
Today’s ruling was handed down by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which has jurisdiction over the practices of GCHQ, MI5 and MI6. The Tribunal said that until now, the UK government’s procedures' for “receiving, storing and transmitting by UK authorities of private communications of individuals located in the UK, which have been obtained by US authorities” violated international human rights standards.
“This is an historic victory in the age-old battle for the right to privacy and free expression,” said Rachel Logan, Amnesty UK’s legal programme director.