Surveillance or other policing activity amounting to an interference with the right to respect for private life, home or correspondence1 may be justified by reference to the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others2. The issue generally in cases of surveillance and interception of communications is whether the collection and retention of personal information is in accordance with a sufficiently clear and precise legal and procedural framework3.
The state is permitted to collect and store information on persons and to use this
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