- Safeguarding against state surveillance—reining in mass communications
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- What key issues did this case raise?
- How did the court come to the conclusion that the Hungarian surveillance law is in breach of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights?
- Are there sufficient safeguards in place to avoid the abuse of modern technologies?
- Is this a common grey area, if so did the judgment help clarify the law?
- What should lawyers advising in this area of law take note of?
- What will happen next?
IP & IT analysis: In Szabo and Vissy v Hungary, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) considered the ability of governments to harness new technologies to intercept data and monitor the activities of its citizens. Lorna Brazell, partner at Osborne Clarke, considers the risks posed by the potential abuse of such technologies and reiterates the need for judicial, as opposed to political oversight in this area.
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