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.
GCHQ does not breach human rights, judges rule Continue reading the main story Related Stories UK agencies 'spied on lawyers' Court hearing GCHQ surveillance case Legal complaint filed against GCHQ The current system of UK intelligence collection does not currently breach the European Convention of Human Rights, a panel of judges has ruled. A case claiming various systems of interception by GCHQ constituted a breach had been brought by Amnesty, Privacy International and others. It followed revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices. But the judges said questions remained about GCHQ's previous activities. Some of the organisations who brought the case, including Amnesty UK and Privacy International, say they intend to appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights.