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 February 5, 2021  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Laws, Online, Surveillance

Duncan McLeod reports:

In a landmark judgment handed down on Thursday, the constitutional court banned the South African state from bulk surveillance of online communication, preventing security agencies from hoovering up Internet data.

This sort of surveillance, which is routinely done by agencies such as the National Security Agency in the US and GCHQ in the UK – both of which have routinely tapped into submarine Internet cables – is now illegal in South Africa thanks to the country’s highest court.

Read more on TechCentral (ZA).

Related:

Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others; Minister of Police v Amabhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Others CCT278/19 & CCT279/19 2021-02-04  (Post Judgement Media Summary provided by the court)

Full Judgement

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