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Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data (GE0027)



Action Plan: Georgia, Second Action Plan, 2014-16

Action Plan Cycle: 2014



Lead Institution: The Supreme Court of Georgia

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Civic Space, Data Stewardship and Privacy, Digital Governance, Judiciary, Justice, Open Justice

IRM Review

IRM Report: Georgia End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Georgia IRM Progress Report 2014-2015

Early Results: Outstanding Outstanding

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Yes

Ambition (see definition): High

Implementation i



With the aim to ensure transparency of surveillance information and reaching uniform practice in this regard, a letter signed by more than 100 civil society organizations was sent to all OGP governments on 17 December, together with the recommendations on the issue. One of the recommendations prepared by the Forum member NGOs in the process of elaboration of the Action Plan also referred to proactive publication of surveillance statistics.
The Georgian Government shares the opinion of the civil society on the importance of proactive publication of surveillance statistics. Accordingly, the Supreme Court of Georgia started maintaining statistics on hearing the motions regarding operative investigative activities since 2014, in order to ensure transparency and accountability of law enforcement agencies. However, those statistics is not available for public.
Pursuant to Article 7 of the Law on Operative Investigative Activity, a covert investigative action such as phone tapping is only possible under the permission of the court order. Thus the courts have the possibility to maintain and publish statistics of surveillance proactively.
From September of 2014 the Supreme Court of Georgia will publish statistics on surveillance quarterly, which will be followed by the annual publication from 2015.


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