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Rights groups launch privacy lawsuit against UK eavesdropping agency GCHQ
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 3, 2013 3:52 PM EDT
Three organizations in Britain have filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights, accusing their country's eavesdropping agency of using its online surveillance programs to violate the privacy of millions of citizens.
The legal challenge came after documents disclosed by U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden exposed the extent of mass data gathering carried out by NSA and GCHQ.
Lawyer Daniel Carey said Thursday that papers for the lawsuit were filed this week at the court, which is based in Strasbourg, France.
GCHQ did not immediately return calls seeking its comment.