European Data Protection Digest

MPs: Police Access to 140,000 Calls and Texts Violated Privacy Rights

PERSONAL PRIVACY—CZECH REPUBLIC

March 19, 2010

While police have defended the interception or retrieval of information from more than 140,000 calls and text messages last year, privacy advocates and MPs are asking the Constitutional Court to deny such access in the future, the Prague Post reports. Police and security services are allowed access to phone messages and text messages in the Czech Republic and can keep the information for up to six months, the report states, but some fear this could lead to an abuse of power. "The scope of interference in the right to privacy is greater than the use of the data to achieve the purpose of combating crime," said Jan Voboril of Iuridicum Remedium, which has asked the Czech Constitutional Court to review the EU Data Retention Directive.
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