High Court rules general warrants cannot be used for mass surveillance

08/01/2021 | Computer Weekly

The UK High Court has ruled it illegal for intelligence agencies to search large numbers of phones and computers under a single "general warrant," reversing a decision previously made by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The court found an individual must be targeted when a warrant is issued to search private property. Since general warrants do not identify a suspected individual, the court said they lack lawful authority. Additional commentary in The Register.

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