UK spies sued over phone data collection scheme already banned in US
In an effort to put an end to the bulk data collection of phone records and other large datasets from millions of people, campaign group Privacy International has filed a complaint with a U.K. court.
The complaint was filed with the U.K. Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which deals with claims against U.K. intelligence agencies, including the country’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). It is meant to put an end to bulk data collection that was already banned in the U.S.
Last Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the USA Freedom Actwhich put a stop to the old U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of domestic telephone records, restoring a limited telephone records program.