A police state is one which treats its own citizens as potential criminals. Ukraine has recently been taking on more and more features of such a state
MPs propose possible imprisonment for unlawful video surveillance
Two opposition MPs have dropped a legislative clanger by proposing criminal liability for unlawful visual surveillance of an individual in a public place
Criminal investigation against victims of surveillance
In yet another development which is at once worrying and grotesquely silly, the Chernivtsi Regional Police have announced that they have begun criminal proceedings over interference in police work against Arseny Yatsenyuk and Hennady Moskal.
Railway ticket are again to include names
The introduction of named railway tickets and the gathering of information about passengers’ movements infringe the right to privacy. Nobody has informed passengers of such a database, and has not asked for their consent to having data about their travels inserted and retained
Express investigative journalists flat bugged
Taras Zozulinsky, investigative journalist for the newspaper Express is convinced that the bug is because of his journalist investigations and asks journalists to give maximum attention to the criminal investigation
Ukraine’s Internet Association calls for veto of “biometric” law
It considers the Law on a United State Demographic Register to run counter to Ukraine’s Constitution, international norms and standards regarding protection of privacy, as well as the obligations Ukraine has taken on before the European community
Veto Law on Single State Demographic Register!
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union outlines the reasons why this law is in breach of the Constitution, the Personal Data Protection Act and international human rights agreements
«Here I stand before you, as if naked…»
The words are from a song by Alexander Galich. What should Ukrainians expect from the adoption of a Single State Demographic Register?
NGOs report increased surveillance, questions, etc from the authorities
Civic organizations have recently recorded an increase in monitoring by the authorities of their activities, the civic partnership “New Citizen” informs. Information about NGOs is, for example, being gathered by the State Tax Service and State Administrations.
New SBU Head proposes more freedom to intercept communications
The Head of the Security Service is asking the Head of the Supreme Court to consider the possibility of courts providing permits at once for all telephone calls of a suspect to be intercepted during investigative operations
Strasbourg confirms that interception orders must have a time-limit
The European Court of Human Rights has bound Ukraine to pay two residents of Poltava one thousand EURO each for violation of their right to privacy of correspondence.
Is it correct to include passport data on railway tickets?
Worrying developments involving the introduction of single identification cards which could lead to a frightening amount of personal data being unjustifiedly shared by different state bodies