Internet Surveillance in Poland
February 17, 2014
The Polish data retention law is the greatest enemy of internet privacy in Poland according to Katarzyna Szymielewicz, president of the Panoptykon Foundation, a major digital rights organization.
“Polish law allows for the use of data retention by nine intelligence agencies without limitations and with no independent oversight," Szymielewicz said on Sunday.
In a system with virtually no accountability or legal constraint, presently there is no way to substantiate the extent of internet surveillance, Szymielewicz said. All citizens’ personal data may be collected including banking transactions and social security statistics, as well as all forms of telecommunication, she added.
Given the disclosures of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, Szymielewicz said she would like to find out to what extent Polish and American surveillance agencies are sharing data.
The Panoptykon Foundation is trying to discover “whether Polish intelligence agencies cooperated with their US counterparts; whether any transfers of personal data were executed; and whether Polish agencies had access to PRISM or other surveillance programs,” Szymielewicz said.