Privacy orgs file brief against U.S., allies on bulk surveillance

A coalition of privacy organizations are suing the United States and several U.S. allies for cooperating with the National Security Agency's (NSA) bulk data collection program, which they say violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

The civil liberties groups, led by Privacy International, filed submissions with the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that protections put in place to safeguard the surveillance program are “entirely inadequate.” The two submissions argue that the surveillance violates Articles 8 and 10 of the Convention.

The groups named the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in the filing. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Amnesty International, Bytes for All, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, and the Legal Resources Centre and Liberty participate in the coalition.

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