Published Monday February 19 2018
The country’s most senior judges are split over whether it is lawful for police forces to keep records on 90 year old war veteran John Catt’s lawful public political activities on their domestic extremism database. Shamik Dutta of Bhatt Murphy acts for Mr Catt.
In a judgment today, the Supreme Court ruled that the state’s collection of records on citizens’ political activities amounts to an interference with their privacy rights requiring justification. However, by a majority they found that it was justified in John Catt’s case.