08/01/2021

Computer Weekly

High Court rules general warrants cannot be used for mass surveillance

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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Court of Appeal, UK Courts

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