UK Agency's Intelligence Sharing With NSA Unlawful: Tribunal

Law360, New York (February 6, 2015, 1:37 PM EST) -- British spy agency the Government Communications Headquarters unlawfully accessed intelligence collected by the U.S. National Security Agency, violating human rights law until late last year because rules governing the mass surveillance program were kept secret, the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Tribunal said Friday.

The IPT, which hears complaints against GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, said in its ruling that the agency's access to the PRISM and Upstream mass electronic surveillance programs violated the European Convention on Human Rights until December 2014, when secret policies governing the agencies' relationship were made public.

"The regime governing the soliciting, receiving, storing and transmitting by UK authorities of...

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