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GCHQ hacking does not violate the UK's human rights laws, rules tribunal

Hacking of smartphone, computer and network by the British security and intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is legal, says a security tribunal. The investigatory power tribunal (IPT) has recently ruled the computer network exploitation (CNE) technique, which might include remotely activating microphones and cameras on electronic devices without the owner's knowledge, is legal.

The IPT, which deals with complaints about surveillance and the intelligence services, has found in favour of the Foreign Office and GCHQ, in a case that was brought by the Privacy International and a group of seven internet service providers: GreenNet, Riseuo, Mango, Jinbonet, Greenhost, Media Jumpstart and Chaos Computer Club.