Bulgaria: Police to access to citizens' telephone and Internet data


Bulgarian police forces have been authorised to request and obtain metadata from citizens' private communications from telephone and Internet operators. The powers are reportedly to be used to monitor those under compulsory quarantine, and will allow police to track their movement as well as "monitor who they talked to and which sites they visited". The Interior minister, Mladen Marinov, told a public television platform, Referendum, that the “new legislation only applies to people under compulsory quarantine, and the procedure will continue to be supervised by the courts. Police access to citizens' telephone and Internet data will not be uncontrolled".

Source: https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Bulgaria/Bulgaria-if-coronavirus-tests-freedom-of-expression-200377

Writer: Francesco Martino

Publication: OBC Transeuropa