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Parliament rejects bill to cancel archiving of private phone conversations

No changes to existing rules on the state archiving of private telephone conversations between citizens are to be made, as Slovak parliament on Tuesday, November 6, did not pass an amendment to the Electronic Communications Act submitted by Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) MP Miroslav Kadúc.

No changes to existing rules on the state archiving of private telephone conversations between citizens are to be made, as Slovak parliament on Tuesday, November 6, did not pass an amendment to the Electronic Communications Act submitted by Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) MP Miroslav Kadúc.

The opposition MP wanted to fix the "most significant shortcomings" of the existing legislation, as he considers the across-the-board archiving of private telephone conversations of every citizen to be unconstitutional. Kadúc was proposing to "determine clearly and unequivocally the purpose for archiving specific data along with determining the most serious crimes to which investigators and prosecutors are to use the data", the TASR newswire wrote. Furthermore, the proposal was to ban any further processing of archived data by network and service providers in order to prevent their abuse and shorten the required archival period from the current 12 months to six months.

Kadúc wanted to introduce a duty to archive operational details, locations and personal data of the communicating parties separately from data archived for message transmission or invoice purposes. Also, he wanted this stored information to be made available only after a judge's or prosecutor's approval – as is the case with regular surveillance processes.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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