Seven Internet service providers, including the UK-based GreenNet, have filed an official complaint at the investigatory powers tribunal in London charging Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) with illegal surveillance.
The ISPs come from the US, UK Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe.
They have also joined forces with the anti-surveillance charity Privacy International, who unsuccessfully tried to take GCHQ to court last year over its use of spyware trained on UK internet users. The group accuses the agency of breaching UK laws, as well as the European Convention on Human Rights, which is designed to protect the privacy of all EU citizens.
“These widespread attacks on providers and collectives undermine the trust we all place on the internet and greatly endangers the world’s most powerful tool for democracy and free expression.” Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International, said in a statement.
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