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European Policy, Government Surveillance

Summary of Big Brother Watch v United Kingdom

In September 2013 a group of non-governmental organizations and activists led by Big Brother Watch filed a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against surveillance activities conducted by the UK government as disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.  CDT and PEN American Center applied to the ECtHR to intervene in the case because of its significant implications for human rights on the Internet.  CDT developed a summary of the case.