Gov’t of Hungary to combat terrorism by reading emails, tapping phones and monitoring financial transactions

March 24, 2016

TEK

The government of Hungary has announced plans to introduce a string of measures in its fight against terrorism, reports Hungarian news site Index.hu. The measures were announced by Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér, Defense Minister István Simicskó and government spokesman Zoltán Kovács on Thursday.

The government plans to set up a counter-terrorism crime-fighting center. Telephone and internet providers will have to decode traffic, thereby allowing the government to tap telephones, observe internet traffic and read emails.

The government also wants insight into suspicious financial transactions. According to Index.hu, authorities have already had the power to do so, but the government wants the authority to continuously monitor finances of certain individuals.

Simicskó said the measures would have to be introduced as a modification of Hungary’s constitution, the Fundamental Law, and he called on opposition MPs to provide the necessary two-thirds support in the National Assembly.