The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to bulk surveillance regimes in member nations, especially the UK, France, and Belgium. In a ruling on Tuesday, the European Court of Justice held that mass surveillance exercises to safeguard national security don't exempt member states from complying with EU law. The court pronounced two separate but similar and closely linked judgments in three separate cases: one for a UK case and a joint one for a French and Belgian case. The UK case was brought by Privacy International, and the French one was brought by rights bodies La Quadrature du Net, the French Data Network, and the Fédération FDN. The cases were first filed in their individual countries, and were later referred to the European Court of Justice. In a Q&A published on its website, UK-based digital rights body Privacy International…
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