A leading UK civil liberties group is requesting a formal investigation into whether British intelligence services unlawfully accessed their electronic communications.

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A leading UK civil liberties group is requesting a formal investigation into whether British intelligence services unlawfully accessed their electronic communications.

Liberty lodged a claim Tuesday with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal seeking a ruling on whether British eavesdropping agency GCHQ illegally accessed personal material.

If Liberty’s claims of “out-of-control-snooping” are correct, the British intelligence services may have violated the European Human Rights Act which guarantees the right to a private personal and family life.

Liberty legal director James Welch said those in power “cannot swap targeted investigations for endless monitoring of the entire globe.”

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Documents disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden suggest GCHQ secretly accessed fiber-optic cables carrying huge amounts of data.

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