On Friday, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal held a rare public hearing into complaints against the UK’s intelligence services following media reports of their alleged involvement in mass surveillance of phone calls, text messages, emails and internet use in the UK and overseas.
A coalition of human rights groups from seven different countries allege that GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 unlawfully intercepted emails, internet use, phone calls and text messages in cooperation with the US National Security Agency by way of such programmes as Prism, Tempora and Upstream.
Eric Metcalfe is junior counsel for Liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Legal Resources Centre (South Africa).
A five-day open hearing of the claims is expected to be held in July.
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