Why are Privacy Matters important?
The Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights gives everyone in the UK the right to privacy. Everyone has the right to respect for his of her private and family life, home and correspondence. This right is subject to proportionate and lawful restrictions.
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No Snoopers' Charter
In 2012 the Coalition Government revived plans to extend the collection and storage of “communications data” – the records of email, text and phone calls – for the entire population. We are a nation of citizens, not suspects. Say NO to the snoopers' charter.
Liberty campaigns on the key issues relating to the right to privacy in the UK today including:
Liberty has been involved in many key legal cases around the right to privacy, including recently:
Paton v Poole Borough Council (2010)
Jenny Paton and her family were subjected to surveillance by Poole Council for three weeks in order to check whether they were living in the catchment area for the school that they wanted to get their youngest child into.
The Council used powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). We helped the family appeal to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which ruled that the Council acted outside its powers under RIPA and violated the family’s rights under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
We also ran a successful campaign over many years against ID cards and the National Identity Register, which could have held potentially unlimited amounts of information about every individual in the UK. The Coalition Government introduced the Identity Documents Act, which repealed ID cards and the National Identity Register.