Feb 242011
 February 24, 2011  Posted by  Court, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Arientha Primanita reports:

The Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a contentious decree governing the use of wiretaps, calling it a violation of human rights and making it more difficult for law enforcers to carry out such surveillance.

At issue in the review of the regulation that enforces an article of the 2008 Law on Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) dealing with wiretaps.

Constitutional Court chief Mahfud M.D. said the motion against the article, brought by three lawyers last year, had been approved because enforcement through a regulation rather than a law — which must be approved by the House of Representatives — left it open to abuse.

“We declare Article 31, Chapter 4, of the 2008 ITE Law goes against the Constitution,” he said.

Read more in The Jakarta Globe.

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