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European Court Rules Against Bulgaria Over Secret Surveillance

11/01/22

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Bulgaria appeared unable to provide effective guarantees that its citizens would not be subjected to “abusive surveillance” by the authorities.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on Tuesday in favour of two lawyers who claimed that under the system of secret surveillance in Bulgaria, the communications of anyone in the country can be intercepted and accessed by the authorities.

The two lawyers, Mihail Ekimdzhiev and Aleksandar Kashamov, complained that the laws governing the interception and retention of surveillance data do not provide sufficient safeguards against arbitrary or abusive surveillance and accessing of the data.

Ekimdzhiev and Kashamov also argued that Bulgaria’s National Bureau for Control of Special Means of Surveillance operates with limited transparency, and that there is no effective remedy if there are abuses.

Neither claimed that they had been put under secret surveillance, but argued that the nature of their activities put them at risk of being put under surveillance and therefore of having their communications data accessed by the authorities.

The Strasbourg-based court ruled that Bulgaria had violated the right to respect for private life and correspondence under the European Convention on Human Rights with regard to secret surveillance and to the retention and accessing of communications data.

“The system of overseeing secret surveillance in Bulgaria as it was currently organised did not appear capable of providing effective guarantees against abusive surveillance,” it said in a statement.

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https://balkaninsight.com/2022/01/11/european-court-rules-against-bulgaria-over-secret-surveillance/

https://www.jurist.org/news/2022/01/echr-rules-bulgaria-surveillance-laws-violate-human-rights/

https://www.novinite.com/articles/213195/The+Strasbourg+Court+Shattered+Bulgarian+Surveillance+and+Wiretapping+Legislation

https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng#%22itemid%22:%5B%22001-214673%22%5D

https://www.statewatch.org/news/2022/january/bulgaria-secret-surveillance-data-could-be-used-for-nefarious-purposes-due-to-lack-of-safeguards-rules-echr/

https://econ.bg/%D0%91%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B3/%D0%95%D0%A1%D0%9F%D0%A7-%D0%97%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5-%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B8-%D0%B7%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%B4%D1%81%D0%BB%D1%83%D1%88%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D0%B8-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%8F%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%81%D1%8A%D0%BE%D0%B1%D1%89%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%8F%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%B2-%D0%91%D1%8A%D0%BB%D0%B3%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%8F-%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D1%81%D1%8A%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%82-_l.b_i.2121.html (BULGARIAN)

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https://es.euronews.com/2022/01/13/bulgaria-no-garantiza-el-uso-de-los-datos-obtenidos-por-vigilancia-secreta-segun-el-t-e-dd (ESPANOL)

https://ittiloot.com/de/all/glavnaja/45656-echr-bulgariens-uberwachungsgesetze-verstossen-gegen-menschenrechtskonvention.html (DEUTSCH)