- 14 Jan 2016 10:30 AM
The plaintiffs, two Hungarians citizens, were represented by Hungarian legal expert László Majtényi.
According to Majtényi, who was Hungary’s ombudsman for the protection of information between 1995 and 2001, whereas Hungarian police may only conduct secret surveillance of private citizens suspected of a crime with judicial approval, TEK requires neither suspicion of a crime nor judicial approval. All the Counter Terrorism Center needs – according to the Hungarian law challenged in the European Court of Human Rights – is the authorization of the justice minister.
Majtényi argued that the law fails to ensure citizens’ right to privacy.
The court ruled that an independent body or judge in Hungary must decide whether such secret surveillance operations are justified.
Majtényi tells the Budapest Beacon that based on the ruling, Hungary’s parliament must modify the law. He says that if the government fails to do so, then in theory all Hungarian citizens may sue the government on similar grounds because they are all affected and therefore have standing in court.
Source: The Budapest Beacon
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