The UK High Court has ruled that parts of the government’s surveillance plans are unlawful, while Downing Street has confirmed it won’t be banning apps like WhatsApp.
The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, permitting agencies and public bodies to gather information about phone calls and emails, was deemed to be “inconsistent with EU law”, reports the BBC. The government has been told it must pass new legislation to be enacted by the end of next March.
The Data Retention act was challenged by Labour MP Tom Watson and Conservative MP David Davis.
Both argued that it was not harmonious with article eight of the European convention on human rights and articles seven and eight of the EU charter of fundamental rights. These concern the respect for privacy and the protection of personal data.
The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act was fast-tracked by the coalition government last year. But a lack of adequate safeguards mean that data obtained could be accessed by a large number of public authorities, not limited to criminal investigations.
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