According to the Guardian, on February 18, 2015, the UK government revealed that its intelligence agencies have been unlawfully monitoring attorney-client privileged conversations.
The admission follows a decision (IPT/13/77/H) filed on February 6, 2015, by the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The order declared that regulations covering access by British Government to emails and phone records intercepted by the US National Security Agency (NSA) breached human rights law.
Shortly thereafter, the EU Parliament showed concern about the risk that confidential lawyer-client conversations were wiretapped (see here).
Recently, also a U.S. federal Court ruled that NSA’s bulk collection of phone records is illegal because not based on Section 215 of the Patriot Act (see here).