HMRC to rethink privacy campaigner request

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Nick Huber
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A High Court has ruled that HMRC needs to reassess a request from privacy campaigners to investigate the legality of exporting surveillance software.

The May ruling by the High Court of Justice, concerned HMRC export control activities around a company selling software that has allegedly been used by governments to imprison or spy on activists abroad. 

The Revenue originally rejected an application by Privacy International (PI), saying that it cannot divulge any details on a related investigation, or tell the privacy activists if an investigation were pending. 

Justice Green of the Administrative Court at the High Court of Justice disagreed and ordered HMRC to re-assess a request PI's request for more information on the HMRC software.

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