Review Hari Stefanatos
Under the microscope of the APSC (Agency for the Protection of the Secrecy of Communications) comes the wiretappings with portable monitoring means – briefcases and vans – from private individuals. This phenomenon tends to become alarming, especially for the extensive use from private entrepreneurs and private investigation agencies, given the admittance of mobile companies that ” the mobile networks cannot tell when their signal is trapped in the air”.
Indicative of the inability to control the widespread use of portable media unlawful interception of individuals is what the MPs – members of the Institutions and Transparency Committee of the Parliament, from members of the APSC. From what it was said by the members of the APSC one can conclude that today there is no control over the import and sale of surveillance equipment, which can be acquired by anyone, since a provision that was in force in the past was later withdrawn with the law 4070/2012 on electronic communications “by the Ministry of Transport”.
Suspicion for the wiretapping of politicians
The hearing of APSC in front of the Parliamentary Committee on Institutions and Transparency was used by the Secretary of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA, Nick Voutsis in order to bring back the issue of the unrestricted telephone communication between the members of SYRIZA. Mr. Voutsis cited statistics of the authority, showing an increase of 40% to 50% in orders for the lifting of privacy for matters of national security and an increase of 15% for criminal cases and pointed out that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been “created a surveillance channel”. Mr. Voutsis talked about a soaring increase in the orders for the waiver of privacy; an increase as he said that reaches 70% and wondered what was so important between 2012 and 2013 to jastify such a rapid increase in orders. Mr. Voutsis referred not only to recent statements by Panos Scourletis, but told APSC that he also faces serious difficulties when trying to communicate with members of the Political Secretariat.
Increase in orders for the waiver of privacy
Questions regarding the reasons for the increase in orders for the waiver of privacy for national security reasons were put forward by almost all members of the Committee on Institutions. The answers they got, however, from the APSC show that the Authority cannot make any expediency check, only check the legality of the act and that is done randomly.