From Iceland — Phone Taps On The Rise

Phone Taps On The Rise

Published June 16, 2011

Phone taps executed by Icelandic authorities have risen slightly, and have expanded among which authorities use them.
RÚV reports that the Minister of the Interior, in response to a formal question put forward by Progressive MP Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, said that the police issued wire taps 172 times in 2010 alone, most of them either in Suðurnes or in the capital area. No data was given as to how many wire taps were requested but denied.
Local police are not the only ones using them, though. The data also showed that the Special Prosecutor’s office 72 times last year, up from 19 times the year before. The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police issued wire taps ten times last year. Two years ago, neither office used phone taps at all.
By Icelandic law, wire taps may only be used with the permission of the courts, by special request of law enforcement, and under specific circumstances. For the most part, individual people are wire tapped; on only two occasions were they issed for companies.

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