Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Ex-minister says police illegally used mobile phone-tracking equipment

On May 14, the former Interior Minister and independent MP Vladimír Palko reported what he described as unusual happenings at police headquarters. As a member of the parliamentary committee on Defence and Security, he reportedly learned that in early April, electronic equipment was used several times to track the location of mobile phones without court approval [as required under Slovak law], the SITA newswire reported. Palko said the equipment was used to search for phones with 75 separate numbers during a three-day period, but that no judicial approval was sought or obtained. He alleged that the first to use the equipment was Police First Vice President Michal Kopcčík, who had earlier requested a Slovak manual for the equipment.

On May 14, the former Interior Minister and independent MP Vladimír Palko reported what he described as unusual happenings at police headquarters. As a member of the parliamentary committee on Defence and Security, he reportedly learned that in early April, electronic equipment was used several times to track the location of mobile phones without court approval [as required under Slovak law], the SITA newswire reported. Palko said the equipment was used to search for phones with 75 separate numbers during a three-day period, but that no judicial approval was sought or obtained. He alleged that the first to use the equipment was Police First Vice President Michal Kopcčík, who had earlier requested a Slovak manual for the equipment.

Reacting to Palko’s statement, current Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said that the case was not really about use of equipment, but about changes at the Interior Ministry. According to Kaliňák, the equipment Palko referred to is only able to indicate whether there are mobile phones in its proximity, and not which specific phone numbers, as Palko reported. The minister also said that Palko’s statement that the equipment was used to identify 75 phone numbers was also misleading. Kaliňák said that the police officers who informed Palko about the case were mistaken. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Coalition only agrees on how to talk. But what will they talk about?

Budget talks to decide on concrete policies. Danko wants airplanes, Fico wants better pay for nights and weekends.

Danko, Fico, Bugar.

Cloud computing becomes a standard

External servers are now much more secure than local business ones, according to experts.

Slovak firms have their eyes on the cloud.

Slovaks drink less and less

Behind the decline in alcohol consumption is, for example, the abandoning of the habit of drinking at work – typical especially during communism, according to an expert.

Kiska: Even Europe has its aggressive neighbour

President Andrej Kiska addressed UN commenting poverty, instability and climate change.

President Andrej Kiska