Former KGB double agent allowed to sue NCA for revealing identity

27/10/2023 | Jurist

The UK High Court has allowed Boris Karpichkov, a former KGB double agent and now a British citizen, to take legal action against the National Crime Agency (NCA). The lawsuit follows the NCA's disclosure of Karpichkov's new identity to Latvian authorities in 2018, citing obligations under European Arrest Warrant legislation. Karpichkov alleges that the disclosure exposed him to death threats from Russia and violated his privacy rights under sections 35, 37 and 40 of the  Data Protection Act 2018. The NCA had attempted to have the case dismissed, but Judge Victoria McCloud ruled that the agency should have considered whether the disclosure was truly necessary under applicable laws and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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