UK: Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules GCHQ Hacking Lawful

"The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (“IPT”) today held that GCHQ hacking of computers, mobile devices and networks is lawful, wherever it occurs around the world. We are disappointed that the IPT has not upheld our complaint and we will be challenging its findings.

Our complaint is the first UK legal challenge to state-sponsored hacking, an exceptionally intrusive form of surveillance. We contended that GCHQ hacking operations were incompatible with democratic principles and human rights standards. We further argued that GCHQ, which until these proceedings was hacking in secret, had no clear authority under UK law to deploy these capabilities."

See the article: Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules GCHQ Hacking Lawful (Privacy International, link)

See also: Tribunal rules computer hacking by GCHQ is not illegal (BBC News, link)


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