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Jakarta Post

Protecting privacy rights from wiretapping

  • Wahyudi Djafar

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 21 2013   /  10:52 am

Debates over the interception of communication have recently heated up. This is a result of intense wiretapping practices conducted by law enforcement agencies in their effort to uncover crimes, especially of the organized and transnational variety.

Discourses pushing for the harmonization of wiretapping-related regulations have emerged ever since the Constitutional Court mandated in its judicial review of the 2008 Information and Electronic Transaction Law that the state should enforce a single and centralized rule on wiretapping.

However, wiretapping is undoubtedly an effective mechanism in a criminal investigation. It is the preferred choice when investigators are dealing with an extraordinary crime like corruption. Wiretapping is also a useful instrument to prevent and detect crimes. In Indonesia, law enforcers tend to resort to a wiretapping mechanism when looking for...