Privacy campaigners have filled a complaint against the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) for using ‘unlawful hacking’ to help its surveillance efforts.
In a 30-page legal complaint filed by the Privacy International to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, Privacy International have claimed the GCHQ has infected millions of devices to spy on citizens and expose personal data.
A statement released by the Privacy International group said that the documents released by Edward Snowden had detailed a variety of methods which the GCHQ had been using to ‘spy’ on people. Many of these methods violate the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees a right to privacy and to freedom of expression.
The Privacy International claimed that Edward Snowden uncovered that the GCHQ and NSA have a variety of programs that lets the agencies listen via microphones, watch through webcams and scoop up detailed web browsing histories.
Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International, said the surveillance was “the modern equivalent of the government entering someone’s house and reading their diary, correspondence and journals” and that the freedom GCHQ and the NSA had to carry out surveillance was equivalent to “covert, complete, real-time physical and electronic surveillance”.
The Privacy International says on their website that they are “committed to fighting for the right to privacy across the world” and that they “investigate the secret world of government surveillance and expose the companies enabling it”.