UK, French, Belgian blanket spying systems ruled illegal by Europe’s top court


Analysis Mass surveillance programs run by the UK, French and Belgian governments are illegal, Europe’s top court has decided in a huge win for privacy advocates.

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) announced on Tuesday that legislation passed by all three countries that allows the government to demand traffic and location data from internet and mobile providers in “a general or indiscriminate way” breaks EU data privacy laws – even when national security concerns are invoked.

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