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Polish President Signs Anti-Terror Bill Allowing Wiretapping of Suspects

Sputnik News

17:46 22.06.2016

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday signed into law a controversial anti-terrorism legislation, which among other measures allows for the security services to conduct wiretapping of suspects, a statement on the presidential website said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On June 17, the Polish Senate, the upper house of the country's parliament, passed the anti-terrorism bill, approved previously by the parliament's lower chamber.

"It [the new law] aims to raise the efficiency of Polish anti-terrorist system, increase the security of citizens and lead to better coordination of services," the statement reads.

The law grants the security services wider powers, including unrestricted control over the digital communication of foreign nationals, access to confidential databases, and mandatory sharing of personal data with mobile network operators, as well as by authorizing border closure in case of a terrorist threat, among other measures.

The law has been heavily criticized by the opposition as intrusive in terms of personal data privacy.


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