Polish President approves internet surveillance law

The Polish internet surveillance law will come into force on 7 February, as Polish President Andrzej Duda approved the bill on Thursday.

According to Krakow post, the internet surveillance law is considered one the most invasive in Europe. The law requires telecom companies to retain metadata on its users and allows several law enforcement agencies to have access to online personal info data.

In few days, national police will obtain a permanent access to a whole host of metadata regarding internet activity in Poland. The police will no longer have to ask Internet service providers for access each time.

According to Radio Poland, the Polish government says that the new law is designed to regulate how police investigate suspects’ phone and internet use, and requires officers to file detailed reports for use by courts.

However, the “experts” are saying that the internet surveillance law doesn’t include enough checks and balances to guarantee that information irrelevant to terrorism, will not be exploited by the security authorities.

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