Satellite dishes are seen at GCHQ's outpost at Bude, close to where trans-Atlantic fiber-optic cables come ashore in Cornwall, southwest England in this file photograph dated June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/files
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A British tribunal ruled on Friday that some aspects of intelligence-sharing between security agencies in Britain and the United States were unlawful, in a high-profile case brought by civil liberties groups.The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled that Britain's GCHQ acted unlawfully until December 2014 in accessing data on millions of people in the UK that had been collected by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), because the arrangements were secret.The tribunal's concern, addressed in the new ruling, was that until details of how GCHQ and the NSA shared data were made public in the course of the court proceedings, the legal safeguards provided by British law were being side-stepped.
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