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Jon Baines on the Liberty v Home Department judgment

Posted on 31 July 2019

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that legislation which allows intelligence services to indiscriminately collect UK citizens’ data is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights – despite the government’s recent disclosure that MI5 abused its powers under the UK law.

Jon Baines at Mishcon de Reya in London said a key takeaway from the judgment is the importance of the oversight that the Investigatory Powers Commissioner has of surveillance powers. “[W]e can expect even more attention to be given to [the commissioner] and his office in the future,” Baines said.

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