November 14, 2013 | Wes Packer in Cardiff Blog  | Comments (0)

Rights Groups Probe UK Mass Surveillance

Lawyer behind court case against the UK's mass surveillance to visit Cardiff.

Cardiff, Wales, 12 November 2013: When three privacy groups and a German internet activist take the UK government to court, what will it mean if they win?
First revealed by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, the UK government's clandestine "Tempora" programme collects massive amounts of internet users' personal data. Now three of the UK's privacy organisations join forces to take the government to the European Court of Human Rights. The group alleges the government acted illegally by breaching the privacy of millions of British and EU citizens, and that it broke Article 8 of the European Human Rights Act.
Daniel Carey, solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn, is acting on behalf of the applicants in the court case and will visit Cardiff in December, in an evening hosted by the Open Rights Group.
Entitled "Challenging PRISM and Tempora in the EU courts: what it means," the evening of open discussion features Daniel Carey talking about the challenge to the UK's legal regime. Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, will explain what each of us can do to challenge mass surveillance in the UK.
"We are asking the court to declare that unrestrained surveillance of much of Europe’s internet communications by the UK Government, and the outdated regulatory system that has permitted this, breach our rights to privacy," Daniel Carey said in a recent interview.
The group behind the Human Rights case consists of Big Brother Watch, The Open Rights Group and English PEN, along with with German internet activist Constanze Kurz. They originally attempted to have the case heard by the British courts, but were blocked by the government, who wanted it to be heard in secret.
The event takes place on Thursday, 12 December, 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House (43 Charles St, CF10 2GB).

Free entry.
For more information, or to reserve a place, please sign up at

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