Tue, May 21 2013
Photo: Nadezhda Chipeva
New law grants Interior Ministry greater snooping powers as privacy advocates protest
Police can not get communication data fast enough, even after getting court approval, to efficiently investigate telephone fraud, Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetanov says.
Happy birthday letters to 18-year-olds to be handed to prosecution.
Martin Dimitrov calls the court's decision an attack on his party the Union for Democratic Forces
Police will still have to ask courts for checking people's phone records and internet traffic data after a fourth attempt by the ministry to get unrestricted access was defeated in Parliament
With little or no respect for due democratic procedure, Bulgarian socialists and its MRF coalition partner bypassed three parliamentary committees and tabled amendments to the Law on Electronic Communications in Parliament.
While Interior Minister Mikov answered questions about the ministry's access to and use of private data, MPs pushrf through new amendments for unrestricted access, possibly violating Parliament regulations.
Bulgaria's implementation of the EU Date Retention Directive allows stored electronic communication data to be used for serious crime and computer related crime, Parliament decided on February 19 2009.
The funding is provided under the foreign military sales programme of the US army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The UK nationals were arrested after throwing beer bottles at people after being refused entry to a restaurant that had closed for the night.
Restoration and development projects include Madara Horseman, Arbanassi fortress, Magura cave.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his spouse Margarita opened a new heating and insulation system at the Tsar Ferdinand Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases in Iskrets, a project implemented thanks to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia and the Nando Peretti Foundation.
According to the law's provisions, the commission will have the power to investigate individuals without prior notification and would not require a criminal conviction in order to launch an investigation.