In a long-awaited decision out of Strasbourg, France, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters bulk intelligence program violated privacy, the Guardian reports. In a detailed decision, the ECHR looked at three aspects of surveillance: bulk collection of digital communications, the sharing of intelligence with other agencies, and obtaining communications data from telecommunications companies. In a five-to-two vote, the judges found that the GCHQ's bulk intelligence operations violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights due to insufficient safeguards. The GCHQ did not, however, violate Article 10 when it shared intelligence with other foreign governments. The legal challenge initially came in the wake of the Snowden revelations and was brought by 14 human rights organizations.
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