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Spying on NGOs: GCHQ did not follow proper procedure, says UK tribunal

  • GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence agency, failed to follow proper procedures while collecting information on two NGOs, according to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).

    The tribunal said that the rules were broken in the handling of intercepted data. But the initial collection of data was within the law, the IPT said.

    NGOs such as Amnesty and American Civil Liberties Union have alleged that intelligence agencies had intercepted their communications.

    The IPT said that proper internal procedures had not been followed in the case of the international NGOs such as Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights and The Legal Resources Center.

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