Poland, Hungary push for anti-terror powers, including through constitutional amendments

By Margit Feher and Martin M. Sobczyk , 29 March 2016
Brussels memorials (photo credit:Associated Press)
Brussels memorials (photo credit:Associated Press)
<p>Two countries on the European Union’s eastern flank Thursday stepped up their antiterrorism efforts, accelerating legislative work to allow authorities to better track individuals just days after the Brussels attacks.</p><p>Hungarian officials said Thursday the government would ask legislators to give security agencies an array of new tools, including the ability to tap cellphones, decode encrypted mobile data and delve into bank accounts suspected of terrorist links. Lawmakers may even be asked to change the constitution to extend the government’s scope of action.</p><p>Meanwhile Polish officials said they would work to stop anonymous use of prepaid cellphone cards and lift restrictions on the police’s ability to search premises and make nighttime arrests.</p>
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