European Organizations File Lawsuit Against Uk Over Vast Digital Surveillance

It states: Article 8 Right to respect for private and family life 1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. In their filing , the appellants argue that because the newly revealed data collection is indiscriminate, it cannot possibly be subject to any sufficiently precise or ascertainable legal framework and is beyond effective legal scrutiny. More precisely: In effect, the power to obtain and use external communications data by means of intercept is unfettered in published law, as long as it is thought broadly to be in the interests of [national] security or other of the specified generic purpose. There are no adequate criteria by which a court of tribunal could assess the legality of use of any particular intercept material even if the courts had jurisdiction to do so, which they do not. Holding the powerful accountable Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, said in a statement that British laws have been interpreted far more broadly than how they originally were intended. The laws governing how Internet data is accessed were written when barely anyone had broadband access and were intended to cover old-fashioned copper telephone lines, he said. Parliament did not envisage or intend those laws to permit scooping up details of every communication we send, including content, so its absolutely right that GCHQ is held accountable in the courts for its actions. The court, which is composed of 47 judges from each of the member states of the Council of Europe, may take months (or years) to render a decision. However, this case likely will be heard by a smaller committee composed of three or seven judges. The ECHRs own flow chart shows a long process (PDF) that likely awaits this application, along with the 50,000 other new applications that it receives each year.

UK Festival Awards 2013 nominations for five Hertfordshire music events

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. All Time Low headlining Slam Dunk Festival 2013 at Hatfield [Picture: Ed Mason] Hatfield festivals Folk by the Oak and Slam Dunk, Wilkestock, Standon Calling and Folkstock are all in shortlisted for coveted trophies in the music industry bash. All five events are up against each other for the Best Small Festival, in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions. This category is for festivals of less than 10,000 capacity. New Hertfordshire festival Folkstock, which took place last month at Aldenham Country Park in Elstree, is up for five awards in total. Standon Calling stars De La Soul are also competing against all three Glastonbury headline acts The Rolling Stones, Artic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons for the Headline Performance of the Year gong. 2013 Award Categories The public can vote in the following categories: * Best Major Festival * Best Medium Festival (in association with Eventbrite) * Best Small Festival (in association with IVS) * Best Metropolitan Festival * Best New Festival (in association with Robertson Taylor) * Best Overseas Festival * Headline Performance of the Year (in association with Relentless) * Best Breakthrough Artist * Anthem of the Summer (in association with Jagermeister) Winners in the tenth anniversary UK Festival Awards will be decided by those who know best, the festival-loving public. And the winners will be announced at a glitzy award ceremony at Londons legendary Roundhouse on Monday, December 2. UK Festival Awards managing director James Drury said: It seems hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that the Festival Awards first launched. Festivals have changed incredibly in that decade and its been a privilege to have developed with such a fascinating, challenging and exceptionally creative industry. This year were looking at events and acts of massively different ages all competing at a top level, likewise we continue to see a huge mix of musical styles bring real diversity to the season. Were very much looking forward to celebrating the festival-going publics favourites. Last year saw more than 500,000 votes cast and this years UK Festival Awards seeks to cast that net even further to create a true and all encompassing measure of the festival-goer opinion. To vote, register at and vote by Friday, November 1.