Digital Rights in Bulgaria

Note: You can read the first part here.

Yesterday the Bulgarian Parliament adopted at 1^st reading the latest amendment in the Law on Electronic Communications, which once again introduces elements from the Data Retention Directive in the Bulgarian legislation.

Like in all the former proposals, the human rights are extremely violated.

Here are some points of the proposal:

1. The Ministry of Interior will have access through a direct interface to the data for the calls and the mobile devices positioning of every single citizen without any legal reason. Court order is required, but the term “interface” is also introduced and this gives the agencies direct and untraceable access to the general national database for every one of us, rendering useless the control, exercised by the Court and the Parliament.

2. Another odd requirement, which is introduced in spite of the Directive, is that traffic data may be retained for crimes with more than 2 years imprisonment, which is practically almost any crime. Even odder is the fact that the Law specifically says that these traffic data can be used in relation to computer crimes, provided for in the Penal Code, which soon will include the vague subject of computer piracy.

Of course, there are many other problems, because the legislative framework on data retention itself violates our rights and it is no surprise that it is being abolished in many countries. We, in Bulgaria, will continue to work for this.

Another interesting political fact is that currently the Bulgarian Parliament is a tool, used by a single political party to pass unclear policies and these policies are being passed, without consideration of the public discussions, the reasons against them or the citizens’ opinion.

You can read some news here.

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