PRIVACY INTERNATIONAL and (1) SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS (2) SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (3) GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS HEADQUARTERS (4) SECURITY SERVICE (5) SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE
This case concerns the acquisition and use by the SIAs of bulk data. BCD is acquired by GCHQ and MI5 under directions issued under s.94 Telecommunications Act 1984. The communications data thus collected will include the “who, when, where and how” of both telephone and internet use (as it is put in paragraph 12 below), and this may include the location of mobile and fixed line phones from which calls are made or received, and the location of computers used to access the internet. BCD does not include the content of any such communications, which may only be obtained under an interception warrant. BPD is acquired and used by GCHQ, MI5 and MI6. Such data, acquired by overt or covert means, includes considerable volumes of data about biographical details, commercial and financial activities, communications and travel, as well as communications data obtained under s.94 arrangements or by interception under a warrant.
Judgment dated : 17 Oct 16