Certain legal provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure and in the Security Authorities Act empower public authorities to covertly monitor private places using video and audio techniques. 

The prior permission of the prosecutor's is necessary prerequisite for the covert surveillance of persons, things or areas, when conducted by investigative authorities. The security authorities need a permission from the chairman of an administrative court or an administrative judge appointed by the chairman.

What human rights violation may there be?

Video and audio monitoring carried out by public authorities constitutes an interference with your right to private life, namely, as it records your image and voice. Such permanent records reveal not only your identity but also the content of your conversations and activities that you have performed. However, only unlawful intrusion will result in a 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 is 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