Tribunal rules GCHQ intelligence-sharing unlawful

06 Feb 2015

In its second judgment in Liberty and others v GCHQ and others, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal today declared that the legal framework governing the UK intelligence services’ receipt of communications intercepted by the NSA violated Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The ruling marks the first time the Tribunal – which considers complaints brought against GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 – has found against the intelligence agencies in its 15-year history.

The judgment has received widespread press coverage, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC and The Lawyer.

Please click here to read the full judgment.

Eric Metcalfe acted for Liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, and five other international human rights organisations that brought a joint complaint against the intelligence services in 2013 alleging unlawful surveillance and intelligence-sharing following publication of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.