Civil rights group Liberty called for amendments to Britain’s Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after London’s Court of Appeals had decided that the emergency law which was previously incorporated into the “Snooper’s Charter” was illegal.

The challenge against the law was led by deputy leader of the opposition Tom Watson, who said that it was not lawful to access an individual’s personal data in the absence of suspicion of criminal activity or proper oversight. The British court also said that allowing this kind of access would be inconsistent with EU law.

However, UK security minister Ben Wallace said the latest ruling will not change the way the authorities  detect and disrupt crimes.

Source: Reuters

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