Tribunal says EU judges should rule on legality of snooper's charter

Investigatory powers tribunal says need for European court of justice clarification is ‘obvious’ in surveillance powers case

European Union judges are to be asked to rule on the legality of Britain’s mass digital surveillance powers, the UK’s top national security court has said.

In a politically charged judgment on Friday, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) ruled that the European court of justice (ECJ) should decide whether the UK’s bulk collection of communications data, tracking personal use of the web, email, texts and calls, was legal.

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