Since his whistle-blowing, the United Kingdom has granted itself even more power to snoop on citizens.
Scott Shackford|Sep. 13, 2018
When Edward Snowden revealed that the government was secretly collecting and storing mass amounts of our private communications data, he wasn’t just talking about the United States government. He also exposed the United Kingdom’s intelligence agency (Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ) as doing the same overseas.
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the U.K.’s mass collection of everybody’s internet communications data violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient safeguards. The Guardianexplains that after Snowden exposed the British government’s role in citizen surveillance, tapping into communication networks to suck on that massive firehose of data, 14 human rights and privacy groups filed suit against the U.K.