THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE COMMUNICATION USING TELECOMMUNICATION MEANS: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ASPECTS OF PROTECTION

Authors

  • Mueen Fandi Nhar Alshunnaq Jadara University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36690/2674-5216-2021-2-31

Keywords:

privacy, the secret of communication, telecommunication means, criminal proceedings, covert investigative (search) actions, due process, international law, smart phone

Abstract

Today’s challenges dictate the need to strengthen the national and international legal mechanisms for the protection of personal data and the right to private communication. However, considered rights are not absolute. Legitimate restriction of guaranteed rights is possible, since these means of communication are a powerful tool in the investigation and disclosure of hard/very hard crimes, including transnational ones, especially considering the terrorist threats to Jordan and other countries. The possibility of restricting human rights, arising from the guarantees enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and consistently enshrined in the ECHR, demands from the state the least compulsory guarantee while interfering with the rights of individuals – to act “in accordance with the law”. Law protection of personal data and right to privacy are researched in the context of peculiarities of conducting investigative (search), secret investigative (search) and other procedural actions in criminal proceedings, which concern access to some telecommunication means (e.g., smart phones). Taking into account different functional purposes of technical means of telecommunication, access and collecting of evidence contained therein, should be carried out on a case- to-case basis, in a different procedural form, considering specifics of telecommunication technologies in each particular case.

Author Biography

Mueen Fandi Nhar Alshunnaq, Jadara University

Doctor of Law, Jadara University, Irbid, Jordan

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Published

2021-05-15

How to Cite

Alshunnaq, M. F. N. (2021). THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE COMMUNICATION USING TELECOMMUNICATION MEANS: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ASPECTS OF PROTECTION. Public Administration and Law Review, (2), 31–38. https://doi.org/10.36690/2674-5216-2021-2-31

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CHAPTER 2. LEGAL RELATIONS: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE