Court of Appeal terms government’s Snoopers’ Charter ‘unlawful’

The Court of Appeal has rendered significant parts of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, popularly known as the Snoopers' Charter, unlawful by stating that it allows authorities to retain and access personal data without sufficient oversight.

A new version of the Snoopers' Charter was vastly expanded by the government to give itself more surveillance powers in 2017 but the new law has been struck down by the Court.

Details of the Court of Appeal's findings were released by Liberty, a human rights campaign group which, along with Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, led the challenge against the 2017 version of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act. The new version armed the government with greater surveillance powers than the old law that expired in 2016.

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