Amnesty International, Privacy International and others' case against the GCHQ for breach of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) has been unsuccessful before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

The Tribunal concluded that the GCHQ's intelligence methods, alleged to amount to 'mass surveillance', did not breach Art. 8 ECHR, the right to privacy, and Art.10 ECHR which protects the freedom of expression.

The disclosures made in the case were a contributory factor to this ruling; however, the reins on the right to privacy and freedom of expression were tightened, in the interests of national security for which the government says it should be trusted.