Landmark court ruling gives SA spooks a bloody nose

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Landmark court ruling gives SA spooks a bloody nose

Law that allowed illegal surveillance of thousands of South Africans without their knowledge declared unconstitutional

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A “watershed” ruling handed down by the High Court in Pretoria on Monday will go a long way toward curtailing the illegal surveillance of everyday South Africans.

The court declared elements of the Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication Related Information Act (Rica) unconstitutional.

The judgment means that if somebody is under surveillance, he or she has the right to be informed of this after three months of surveillance. Up to now, a person could have been under surveillance without ever knowing about it...

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