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Final decision: Citizens shall not be surveilled without judicial authorization

standpoint 2016-06-10 | Fb Sharing

Eötvös Károly Policy Institute’s staff achieved final victory regarding the protection of privacy on European Court of Human Rights.

The European Court of Human Rights rejected the appeal of the government in the case of Vissy and Szabo v. Hungary, which was launched by the former director of EKINT, Máté Szabó and a former employee of EKINT, Beatrix Vissy. It is considered a major victory in the protection of privacy.

On 12th January 2016 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Counter Terrorism Centre (TEK) and the Hungarian national security services shall not surveille citizens in their homes or in their workplaces without judicial permission. In the judgement the Court also asserted that the current Hungarian legislation, which enables surveillance based on ministerial permit, is unlawful, because it violates the constitutional right to privacy.

Eötvös Károly Policy Institutes intends to enforce this judgement with all means that are legally available. Therefore EKINT turned to the assigned ministers and waits for their response.

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