UK court to review legality of fast-tracked surveillance law
A surveillance law that was rushed through by the U.K. government will be reviewed by the country’s High Court to determine if it violates human rights.
The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, also known as DRIPA, was adopted in July by the U.K. government, after the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) invalidated EU laws requiring communication providers to retain metadata. The EU court said those laws seriously interfered with fundamental privacy rights. Since the U.K. law that preceded DRIPA was based on the invalidated EU laws, it needed replacement legislation.