Wiretapping practices in ASEAN countries, a brief comparison

intersepsi komunikasUN special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue gave a special attention to the issue of the right to privacy, considering the heights of practices on surveillance and citizens’ private communication interceptions. In his report, La Rue confirmed on the needs for each country to have its own laws, which should clearly describe the conditions that the rights for individual privacy may be limited under certain terms, and measurements on this rights should be taken based on a special decision. This decision should be taken by the state authorities guaranteed by law to perform the act.┬áTo compare the practices on wiretapping in South East Asian Countries, Indonesia could take a look at Malaysia and the Philippines. The wiretapping-related regulation in Malaysia is similar to Indonesia, while the Philippines portraits the opposite regulation.

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Protecting privacy rights from wiretapping

BeFunky_Cooler_2.jpgDebates over the interception of communication have recently heated up. This is a result of intense wiretapping practices conducted by law enforcement agencies in their effort to uncover crimes, especially of the organized and transnational variety. Discourses pushing for the harmonization of wiretapping-related regulations have emerged ever since the Constitutional Court mandated in its judicial review of the 2008 Information and Electronic Transaction Law that the state should enforce a single and centralized rule on wiretapping.

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