Op-Ed: “Big Brother (cannot) Watch: the Grand Chamber ruled against surveillance in the Snowden revelation’s aftermath” by Oreste Pollicino and Federica Paolucci
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has recently delivered the most important judgment on mass and bulk surveillance yet: Big Brother Watch and Others v. United Kingdom (application nos. 58170/13, 62322/14 and 24960/15), followed by another, Centrum för rättvisa v. Sweden (application no. 35252/08). The applications were lodged after Snowden, the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, revealed the existence and use of the surveillance system between the intelligence services of the United States and United Kingdom.
One of the cores of this judgment is the applicants’ claim: relying on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) (right to respect for private and family life and corr