European Court of Human Rights Judgment

European Court of Human Rights Judgment on ‘Unjustified seizure of electronic data protected by lawyer-client professional secrecy’ – Case Kirdök and Others v. Turkey.

In this case the applicants, who are lawyers, complained about the seizure of their electronic data by the judicial authorities for the purposes of criminal proceedings against another lawyer (U.S.), who had shared their office. The Court found, in particular, that the seizure of the applicants’ electronic data, which were protected by lawyer-client professional secrecy, and the refusal to return or destroy them had not corresponded to a pressing social need or been necessary in a democratic society. The Court also noted the lack of sufficient procedural guarantees in the law as interpreted and applied by the judicial authorities.


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