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The European Court of Justice has scheduled an emergency hearing to investigate the United Kingdom's Investigatory Powers Bill on its legality.

Is This Even Legal? EU Court to Investigate UK Surveillance Bill

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The European Court of Justice has scheduled an emergency hearing to investigate the United Kingdom's Investigatory Powers Bill on its legality.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has scheduled an emergency hearing to investigate the United Kingdom's recently adopted Investigatory Powers Bill on its compatibility with EU law, UK media said.

The hearing, which may result in the European Union limiting the powers of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) surveillance body, has been scheduled for April 12, The Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday.

On March 15, the House of Commons passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, also dubbed as the "snoopers' charter" by its critics with 281 votes for and 15 against. The bill is now proceeding through the committee stage for further scrutiny.

The ECJ has previously ruled against the UK government's surveillance legislation. In 2014, the court declared the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (Dripa) to be inconsistent with EU laws after the case was brought to Luxembourg by two UK lawmakers.

April's hearing is expected to be attended by the Conservative member of parliament David Davis, of the lawmakers that took Dirpa to the ECJ for scrutiny, according to the newspaper.

The snoopers' charter has been designed to give UK police and intelligence services sweeping powers. the legislation requires internet providers to store their customers' browsing history for up to 12 months and grant access to law enforcement regardless of whether a user is under investigation or not. Police will also have the authority to hack into phones, laptops, tablets and computers.

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has defended the bill, claiming it prioritizes privacy and limits intrusiveness into personal data.

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  • michael
    more ammunition for the britexit people.
  • Celestial
    I WONDER:

    Could the recent events in Brussels infact be a *motivator* to not limit the GCHQ in co-ordination with Turkish efforts to empower *EU/Disable* for Turkish Interests!

    Which are apart/trade towards U.S GEOPOLITICAL/STRATEGIC planning.

    haha.. i should analyze for CANADA i would love to work for my Government.
    Either.. those who analyze are corrupt.. or those who analyze are meerly CRETINS!

    not that a cretin is bad per-say but *relative*
  • Legality and NATO countries is like oil in water.
  • Did they install those recorders in taxis? Amazing and disturbing how quiet the western media is about it.
    www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cctv-taxi-plan-a-staggering-invasion-of-privacy-6262221.html
  • siberianhusky
    The English people are doing a great job they keep re-electing those crooks and perverts in Westminster. And you think that getting out of the EU association will improve that for you. Even if you tried to do something about it is already too little and too late.

    Keep on dreaming boys and girls, you sold your soul to the devil without asking or investigating what those child molesters in Westminster are up too.

    That is 1 for the Eton crowed and 0 for the people.
  • cast235
    IT is legal. Like Russia they signed treaties.
    Once they hook you with their HUMAN RIGHTS Bull Horn, you become a VASSAL. Just like now they can bring Russian cases to E.U and lose at E.U.
    No?
    Begin with Yukos case. Russia MUST get rid of all those VASSAL laws.
  • Angus Gallagher
    However, when Juncker tries to justify further EU integration he uses British data gathering and pooling techniques to justify his arguments based on the need for this British expertise. Which way does the EU want it? Many have concluded that the only thing seriously on their minds is further EU integration for the purpose of furthering an agenda that has already failed.
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