BBC/UK spy agency rebuked over data sharing with US counterparts

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The British Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) said: The spy agency, GCHQ failed until December 2014 to make clear enough details of how it shared data from mass internet surveillance with the American counterparts.

IPT ruled that the system did “contravene” human rights law, until extra information was made public in December. In its disclosures in December, GCHQ said UK intelligence services were “permitted” to request information gathered by Prism and Upstream – US surveillance systems which can collect information on “non-US persons”.

Before December, the IPT said: “The regime governing the soliciting, receiving, storing and transmitting by UK authorities of private communications of individuals located in the UK, which have been obtained by US authorities pursuant to Prism and… Upstream, contravened articles 8 or 10 [of the European Convention of Human Rights].”

Article 8 is the right to privacy, article 10 the right to freedom of expression.

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