David Miranda: High Court restricts access to data
Court says authorities may only inspect data taken from Brazilian in 'defence of national security'
THE High Court has restricted the inspection of data held on a computer, smartphone and memory cards confiscated from David Miranda at Heathrow airport.
Lawyers acting for the 28-year-old Brazilian had sought an injunction barring the authorities from accessing the data. They argued the injunction should stay in place until the court has determined whether or not the Brazilian, whose partner is Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, was illegally held at the airport under anti-terror legislation, reports the Daily Mail.
Miranda's lawyers claimed that the injunction was necessary because the Home Secretary and the Met Police chief had refused to undertake to protect "the confidentiality of sensitive journalistic material".
It is understood that Miranda was ferrying classified documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden between Greenwald and documentary maker Laura Poitras when he was stopped at Heathrow.
The High Court's Lord Justice Beatson and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker granted Miranda a partial injunction today which runs until 30 August. It prevents government and police "inspecting, copying or sharing" the data except for the defence of national security.
Under the terms of the injunction authorities can also look at the data to ascertain whether Miranda is a person who "is or has been concerned with the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism".
During the application for an injunction, police revealed they were launching a criminal investigation after examining some of the material seized from Miranda, Sky News reports. The material "contains, in the view of the police, highly sensitive material, the disclosure of which would be gravely injurious to public safety," said Jonathan Laidlaw, a lawyer acting for police.
The High Court will re-consider Miranda's application for an interim injunction on 30 August. ·