20 thousand wiretappings in 2010
A draft law has been registered in parliament which binds communications operators and providers to buy special equipment which law enforcement bodies will use for wiretapping
25 thousand wiretapping permits a year
Ukrainians remain unprotected legislatively from wiretapping and intrusion in their private life with wiretapping, interception of emails, surveillance, etc used quite frequently
Verkhovna Rada plans to regulate wiretapping permits
The Verkhovna Rada has at long last adopted as a base a draft law on improving mechanisms for protecting constitutional rights during investigative operations and counter-espionage activities
More and more unwarranted wiretapping?
It is not merely the number of permits issued to intercept information which causes concern, but the feeble correlation between such invasion of privacy and prosecution for actual crimes.
Defence from snooping – up to the snooped upon themselves
The time frame during which the Cabinet of Ministers was supposed to inform the Administrative Court of Appeal on the measures taken for safeguarding rights and freedoms when carrying out investigative operations is about to expire
Rule of Law not of the Cabinet of Ministers
A Kyiv court has refused to declare a Cabinet of Ministers Resolution on court warrants for interception of communications unlawful, but has issued a separate judgment warning the Cabinet that the Resolution fails to safeguard vital rights
Supreme Court imposes restriction on unauthorized interference in personal life
When carrying out investigative operations, detective inquiry and pre-trial investigations, court orders must be obtained not only for intercepting and recording telephone conversations, but also for receiving information about telephone conversations and their duration
Parliament has, it would seem, approved a ban on unsanctioned wiretapping
No, it wasnt lawful before, and there remain no real guarantees for you and I, but for those investigative operations officers who may not know that a mobile telephone is a telephone, all will be put right
Andriy has no problems with his hearing
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv has found unlawful the criminal investigation launched against former deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Andriy Kozhemyakin who was accused of unlawful wiretapping of correspondent from the newspaper “Sevodnya” [“Today”) Oleksandr Korchynsky.
Yushchenko ignores human rights activists and consents to the creation of a state special communications service
Human rights groups call for legislative amendments to protect the privacy of all citizens, and not money-wasting and futile efforts to protect an elite of civil servants and officials
Introduction of independent control over the collection of information from communication channels by state agencies (Appeal of the Ukrainian Helsinki Union of human rights)
During the past six months scandals have arisen systematically in Ukraine concerning the collection of information from communication channels of the well-known citizens. We want to remind that the collection of information from communication channels as one of methods of the ODA may be applied only in the cases concerned with grave and especially grave crimes.
Sanctions for wiretapping and search may be issued not only by court, but also by prosecutors
The Supreme Rada Committee in charge of the legislative provision of law-enforcement activities recommended to take as a basis the draft of the law about the introduction of changes into Article 8 of the Law of Ukraine “On the ODA”, which would change the existing procedure of issuing the permissions to law-enforcing organs for wiretapping and search.