Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In Major Privacy Victory, Top EU Court Rules Against Mass Surveillance



THE EUROPEAN UNION’S TOP court has severely undermined the British government’s mass surveillance powers in a new ruling that could rein in police and spy agency investigations.

In a judgment handed down in Luxembourg on Wednesday, the European Court of Justice declared that the “general and indiscriminate retention” of data about people’s communications and locations was inconsistent with privacy rights. The court stated that the “highly invasive” bulk storage of private data “exceeds the limits of what is strictly necessary and cannot be considered to be justified, within a democratic society.”

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/21/in-major-privacy-victory-top-eu-court-rules-against-mass-surveillance/

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