In the last few years the Portuguese Legislative Assembly has passed legislation that regulates secret service access to telecommunication and internet data (i.e., identification, localization, and traffic data). However, the first attempt was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court and the second attempt also faces a constitutional test. Notwithstanding the effort made by Parliament to consider the legal questions that were raised by the Court, the problem seems to reside in the wording of the legal precept which only permits access to communication data within the framework of a criminal procedure. Consequently, state activities of a more preventive nature linked to the fight against terrorism fall outside the scope of the only constitutional exception to the rule that forbids access to this type of information. Therefore, a constitutional amendment is probably needed to adapt to this challenge posed by twenty-first century life.
Our 2020 Annual Conference was scheduled to be held at the University of Wrocław in Poland on July 9-11, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICON·S Executive Committee has decided to postpone our 2020 Conference to 2021. Our next Annual Conference will take place from July 8-10, 2021, in Wrocław, Poland.
Procedural details regarding the organization of the 2021 Conference will follow in the months ahead.Join ICON•S