Limiting of the right to privacy in the context of protection of national security

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For the last several decades, ensuring human rights and national security have remained an important goal and a condition for existence of every state. The interests of national security often presuppose the need to narrow some natural rights, such as, for example, the right to privacy, the right to secrecy of communication, etc. Traditional concept of security is related to ensuring national security. According to the traditional concept of security, the state is considered the main object of security; therefore, the states mainly focus on external threats. It is stated that the most important thing is to protect the state from external aggression, ensure protection of state borders and institutions. Protection of human rights is ensured simultaneously. It is, however, observed that a secure state does not necessarily mean that the citizens of the state are secure. Security of a person is under threat due to limitations imposed on human rights while seeking to ensure national security. An issue related to protection of human rights is presented in the article, when limitations on a person’s right to privacy are foreseen for the purposes of protection of national security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1609-1622
JournalJurisprudencija: mokslo darbai
Issue number18 (4)
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • Right to privacy
  • National Security
  • Human rights

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