Copland v The United Kingdom: ECHR 3 Apr 2007

The applicant had been an employee. In the course of a dispute with her employer, she discovered that the principal had been collecting information about her telephone calls, emails and internet usage.
Held: The collection of such material without any explicit legal power by her employer, as a statutory body, was an abuse of her human rights in that it interfered with her privacy rights. Article 8(1) was engaged and the interference was not in accordance with domestic law. The events had predated the 2000 Act.
62617/00, [2007] ECHR 253, Times 24-Apr-2007, [2007] BHRC 216, (2007) 45 EHRR 37
European Convention on Human Rights 8, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
Human Rights
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Updated: 19 February 2021; Ref: scu.250973