05:57, July 29 48 0 theguardian.com

2019-07-29 05:57:04
Liberty loses high court challenge to snooper’s charter

The human rights group Liberty has lost its latest high court challenge against the government’s mass surveillance powers.

It brought the challenge against parts of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) – known as the “snooper’s charter” by critics – which allow intelligence agencies to obtain and store communications data, and take remote control of electronic devices through “bulk hacking”.

The group argued the government’s powers under the IPA, which include the power to intercept the private information of the entire UK population, are too wide and therefore breach citizens’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

At the high court in London on Monday, Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Holgate dismissed Liberty’s claim that the IPA was incompatible with human rights law.

Announcing the decision, Singh said the court rejected Liberty’s contention that the IPA “does not contain sufficient safeguards against the risk of abuse of power”.

The judge added that the IPA included several “safeguards against the possible abuse of power” in response to concerns about the existence of the “bulk powers” provided for by the act.