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The Chilling Effect of Counter-Terrorism Measures: A Comparative Analysis of Electronic Surveillance Laws in Europe and the USA
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2012 (English)In: Freedom of Expression: Essays in honour of Nicolas Bratza / [ed] Josep Casadevall; Egbert Myjer, Michael O´Boyle, Anna Austin, Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2012, 463-481 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Electronic surveillance is an important tool for law enforcement and may contribute to counter-terrorism efforts. The present article examines, from a comparative privacy perspective, systems of electronic surveillance which involves the retention and/or access of large quantities of data and/or communication. This includes data retention of traffic data and signals intelligence, the latter occasionally described as mass surveillance or strategic monitoring. It is concluded that the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution offers a greater protection than Article 8 of the European Convention for the protection of Human Rights (ECHR) to the extent that searches and seizures require probable cause and a warrant. This requires that the measure is covered by the notions “search” or “seizure”, which may explain why law enforcement agencies which use warrant-less surveillance tend to define the notions “search” or “seizure” narrowly. This has implications for the content/non-content distinction. The constitutional protection under the Fourth Amendment has an all-or-nothing character. In comparison, Article 8 of the ECHR does not require probable cause and warrant but it has a broader scope. Thus, there is no problem to expand the scope and protection of Article 8 to content as well as traffic data.

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Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2012. 463-481 p.
Keyword [en]
Electronic surveillance; data retention, privacy; signals intelligence, FRA, NSA
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Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84044ISBN: 978-90-5850-883-6OAI: diva2:578157
Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2013-03-11Bibliographically approved

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