IPT Ruling on Interception
News article - 6 Feb 2015
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has today issued its second judgment on challenges to the UK’s interception powers and intelligence-sharing arrangements.
The judgment reaffirms the IPT’s main December ruling which found strongly in favour of the Government. The Court ruled that the legal frameworks governing both the bulk interception regime (found in section 8(4) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act or RIPA) and the intelligence-sharing regime were fully compatible with human rights, in particular the right to privacy.
Today’s judgment focuses primarily on a discrete and purely historical issue – whether those legal frameworks were also fully compatible at a point before these legal proceedings began.