European Court of Human Rights Fast-tracks PRISM Case

By Matt Klinger

Last month the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) fast-tracked a case filed by a London-based activist groups against the U.K. government for its alleged involvement in the U.S. National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program.

The groups filed their complaint with the ECHR in September, alleging the U.K. intelligence services participating in PRISM were violating Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  In particular, Article 8 requires that any government interference in an individual's private or family life must be "in accordance with the law" and "necessary in a democratic society."  The U.K. government now has until May 2nd to respond to several questions from the court.

Axel Arnbak at Freedom to Tinker has insightfully analyzed how the court is likely to approach the case.