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U.K.’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’ Survives Privacy Court Challenge

  • Civil rights group Liberty said powers are too far-reaching
  • Laws balance security and privacy, government argued at trial

The so-called Snooper’s Charter, which allows the U.K. government to access data from emails and mobile phones, survived a court challenge from a privacy group.

A pair of U.K. judges dismissed the lawsuit Monday, saying they weren’t persuaded that the legislation is incompatible with European Union rules. Judge Rabinder Singh said the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act included several “safeguards against the possible abuse of power."