Mass surveillance and Snoopers' Charter

Legal Challenge: MI5 breaches of Investigatory Powers Act

Liberty and Privacy International are taking MI5 to court.

During our case against the Investigatory Powers Act, it emerged that MI5 has potentially unlawfully stored and mishandled people’s data for a decade, including not deleting it when it should have done. For a long time, MI5 didn’t report its lawbreaking to the surveillance watchdog, and provided false information to get warrants and spy on us.

These actions breach the safeguards put in place to protect our rights to privacy and free expression.

We’re arguing these breaches show the Investigatory Powers Act isn’t fit for purpose. If state agencies can knowingly breach safeguards for years, undetected, the safeguards are clearly inadequate.

Our data shouldn’t have been collected in the first place. To then unlawfully store and share it is scandalous. We hope to expose the scope of MI5’s lawlessness and help prevent future misuse of the public’s data.

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