PET systematically violates the law, states supervision

PET systematically violates the law, states supervision

The Police Intelligence Service (PET) “systematically” exceeds the deadlines for when information about citizens must be deleted.

It appears from a response from the Authority with the Intelligence Services to the Ministry of Justice, writes Politiken.

The case is attracting attention among legal experts.

PET, which fights terrorism and espionage, has extraordinary powers to obtain private information about citizens.

This information must be deleted within 15 years if nothing happens in the case.

However, according to the audit, PET does not prioritize the resources to comply with the deletion deadlines that a majority in the Folketing has adopted.

– It thus happens systematically that PET only takes a position on non-deletion after the deletion deadlines have expired, the supervision writes in the answer according to Politiken.

This is a serious criticism that the Authority makes. This is the assessment of Pernille Boye Koch, head of research at the Department of Human Rights.

She has researched PET law. According to her, it does not contain many tangible legal guarantees for the citizens.

Therefore, she also emphasizes how important it is that the guarantee that is then given in the form of the deletion deadline must be complied with.

It does not appear from the Authority’s response whether PET exceeds the deletion deadlines by days, months or years.

The chairman of the authority, national judge Michael Kistrup, did not want to comment to Politiken.

But according to criminal law professor emeritus Jørn Vestergaard, this is a violation of the law, regardless of whether the deadlines are exceeded for a shorter or longer period of time.

Politiken has submitted the Authority’s criticism of PET. Here the answer in an email is that any criticism from the supervision is taken “very seriously”.

The chairman of the Liberal Alliance, Alex Vanopslagh, calls the criticism of the regulator “a scandal”. He will now call the Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup (S) in consultation on the case.

SF’s legal spokesperson, Karina Lorentzen Dehnhardt – who sits on the Folketing’s Control Committee with the Intelligence Services – is also concerned about the case. She will go to the minister to get the PET to rectify and comply with the law.

– We have PET, which must make sure that others comply with the law. Then it does not look very good that you yourself are not able to comply with the law, she tells Ritzau.

– Citizens have a legitimate claim that there is no information about them at PET that stays there longer than they are allowed.

Ritzau has tried to get an interview with Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup, but it has not been possible. He says in a written comment:

– The supervision of the Intelligence Services plays an important role in our democratic society and helps to ensure that proper and thorough consideration is given to, among other things, PET.

– I therefore expect and trust that PET takes criticism from the audit seriously and works purposefully on the improvements that the audit has pointed out, he says.

Source: The Nordic Page


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