Pakistani human rights group sues UK government over surveillance


A technology-focused Pakistani human rights group has sued the British government over its Tempora cable-tapping program, a major part of the UK’s contribution to global surveillance by the “Five Eyes” countries.

On Thursday Bytes for All (B4A), which campaigns on issues such as violence against women and freedom of expression, complained that Tempora was illegal under the privacy safeguards of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and had a disproportionate effect on non-UK nationals such as its own staff, again in breach of the ECHR.

The suit was lodged with the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), building on an earlier suit by the British rights group Privacy International. As NSA leaker Edward Snowden revealed, the UK taps into the undersea cables that carry the world’s internet traffic – many of these cables touch the UK, which is why it’s so easy – on behalf of the…

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