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Special Prosecutor Announces Phone Tapping

Tens of individuals received announcements in the past few weeks that their phones had been tapped by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, responsible for investigating the banking collapse. Supreme Court lawyer Sigurður G. Guðjónsson said phone tapping is legally in a gray area.


Special Prosecutor Ólafur Þór Hauksson. Source: the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

According to law, those whose phones are tapped are to be notified of it as soon as possible. There are examples of more than a year and a half having passed between the time the phone tapping was authorized and the owner of the phone in question being notified of it, Fréttablaðið reports.

“We have been working on it lately in cases where a solution is in sight and there isn’t considered to be a reason to continue with it,” Special Prosecutor Ólafur Þór Hauksson said of the phone tapping.

“We would be shooting ourselves in the foot if we would announce phone tapping too early—it is based on the person in question not knowing that his or her phone is tapped,” Ólafur added.

He iterated that as soon as it is clear that information gathered through wiretapping will no longer be used in an investigation, the person in question is notified. In extensive investigations a long time can pass before the wiretapping is revealed.

Click here to read more about the special prosecutor’s investigations.


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