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Snooper's charter attacked: Liberty mounts legal challenge to Investigatory Powers Act's 'assault on freedom'

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NewsHubThe Investigatory Powers Act 2016 — better known to many as the snooper’s charter — faced massive public criticism in the run-up to becoming law at the end of 2016 for the privacy-invading powers it affords the UK government to gather data about internet usage.
Towards the end of the year, the European Court of Justice ruled that the “general and indiscriminate retention” of internet data and communication is illegal, potentially threatening the Investigatory Powers Act. Now the human rights group Liberty is launching its own legal attack on the Act, asking for a High Court judicial review of the bulk surveillance powers that have been voted into law.

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