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UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules 17 Oct 2016 17:14 #1

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UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules
www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/17/uk-security-agencies-unlawfully-collected-data-for-decade
British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, top judges have ruled.

The investigatory powers tribunal, which is the only court that hears complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said the security services operated secret regimes to collect vast amounts of personal communications data, tracking individual phone and web use and large datasets of confidential personal information, without adequate safeguards or supervision for more than 10 years.

The ruling said the regime governing the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) – the who, where, when and what of personal phone and web communications – failed to comply with article 8 protecting the right to privacy of the European convention of human rights (ECHR) between 1998, when it started, and 4 November 2015, when it was made public.

It said the holding of bulk personal datasets (BPD) – which might include medical and tax records, individual biographical details, commercial and financial activities, communications and travel data – also failed to comply with article 8 for the decade it was in operation until its public avowal in March 2015.

“The BPD regime failed to comply with the ECHR principles which we have above set out throughout the period prior to its avowal in March 2015. The BCD regime failed to comply with such principles in the period prior to its avowal in November 2015, and the institution of a more adequate system of supervision as at the same date,” the ruling concluded.
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UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for 17 years, court rules 17 Oct 2016 23:06 #2

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Anyone here suprised by this? :hahano:
I remember the good old days, when 90+ year olds in nursing homes lived forever. Darn this pesky virus.

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