British spies broke human rights rules.
Byline: MIKEY SMITH
BRITISH spooks breached the European Convention on Human Rights laws by collecting the public's phone and internet records, a court has ruled.
The European Court of Human Rights said Article 8, which guarantees a right to private life, was violated.
The case centres around powers given under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which has since been replaced.
The judges found the operation of the scheme itself was legal but the regime managing how it was collected was not.
Big Brother Watch's Silkie Carlo said it was a "landmark judgment".
The Government has three months to decide whether to appeal and said it will give the ruling "careful consideration".
LANDMARK Silkie Carlo