Public authorities may be granted secret surveillance powers over private telephone conversations, e-mail and postal mail. If you are suspected of having committed a crime or posing threats to national security, or are closely related to such a person, your communications may be subject to these techniques. You can find the relevant legal provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure and in the Security Authorities Act.

What human rights violation may there be?

Although the use of secret surveillance may be necessary in the interests of national security and/or for the prevention of disorder or crime, these actions interfere with your private life. However, only unlawful intrusion will result in the violation of your human right to private life.

Was the action carried out lawfully?

To evaluate whether an investigative or operational action against you was carried out lawfully and whether your privacy has been sufficiently respected, see the questions below. If, in your situation, your answer to one of these questions was negative, your privacy may have been violated. In such a case, you have the right to complain. Read more about how to complain.


Last updated 08/06/2019