UK mass surveillance laws are unlawful, it's official

Emergency mass surveillance laws rushed through Parliament last year have been ruled unlawful by the High Court.

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (Dripa), which was pushed through in three days in July 2014, was designed to give GCHQ and other public intelligence authorities the power to gather and retain information on phones calls, text messages and online communications, and force telecommunications companies to retain data for 12 months.