The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has ruled that the regime that governs the data-sharing regime between the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) and UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was in contravention of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) and Article 10 (right to freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) until December 2014. The case concerned the collection and storage of mass electronic communications data from persons outside the USA by the NSA. GCHQ was then able to request information from this database under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

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