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Surveillance in Poland. There is a judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg ruled on Tuesday that Polish provisions enabling services to conduct surveillance and retain data of persons under surveillance violate the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights, including citizens' right to privacy.

This concerns a complaint against Poland submitted to the ECtHR by Mikołaj Pietrzak, lawyer and president of the Bar Association in Warsaw, lawyer and social activist Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska today from the Prague Civil Society, lawyer Wojciech Klicki today from the Panoptykon Foundation, Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, lawyer from the Institute of Democracy Central European University and Katarzyna Szymielewicz, lawyer and co-founder of the Panoptykon Foundation.

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The complaint concerned Polish regulations from 2016 allowing services, among others, under the Act on Counteracting Terrorism, for secret surveillance and retention of telecommunications, postal and digital data, including text messages and e-mails, for potential use by national authorities.

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