correspondence between a person and their lawyer is confidential. It could mean, amazingly, that the government uses information they have got from snooping on you, against you, in a case you have brought.
involved from criminal convictions to asylum proceedings.
“It also calls into question the professional and ethical conduct of individual lawyers working for the
government. It’s no wonder the government resisted making this disgraceful policy public. The government’s disingenuous reliance on ‘national security’ as a reason for not making this policy public previously, is not only deceitful but hugely sinister.”
Edited versions of secret documents relating to the conditions under which lawyers’ phones and emails can
be intercepted have been released by the government in a rare public hearing of the IPT, which examines complaints against the intelligence services and government use of surveillance.
citing ‘national security’ grounds, but finally abandoned this claim at today’s hearing.
government policy and practice.