Constitutional civil liberties and secret services’ confidential activity Cover Image

Konstytucyjne swobody obywatelskie wobec dyskrecjonalnych działań służb specjalnych
Constitutional civil liberties and secret services’ confidential activity

Author(s): Tomasz Kuć
Subject(s): Security and defense
Published by: Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny w Siedlcach
Keywords: secret services;operational and investigative activities;civil rights and liberties

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses secret services’ operational and investigative powers from the perspective of their interference in the constitutional rights and civil liberties. The author makes an attempt at defining the operational and investigative activities and drafting a classification thereof. Particular measures and methods of secret services’ confidential activities are governed by various legal regimes. They differ in terms of the degree of interference in civil liberties as well as the scope of protection of civil rights and liberties against unjustified use. Some operational methods remain under the supervision of courts and public prosecutor’s office, while others are used only at the discretion of secret services’ management. It is a burning issue in the context of retaining and obtaining telecommunications data without any external supervision. A comprehensive system of legal solutions that regulates the set of secret methods used in secret services is fundamental for maintaining a balance between the need to safeguard security and the citizens’ rights to privacy and the freedom of communication.

  • Issue Year: 1/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 110-124
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English