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Bulgaria's Parliament approved the second reading of amendments to the Electronic Communications Act after concessions were made to quell privacy concerns, reports the Sofia Echo. Under the amended act, police will be able to access citizens' communications data related to computer crimes and crimes that carry a minimum jail sentence of five years, the report states. The amended act also specifies data retention and destruction terms. Privacy advocates have criticized the bill, describing it as a "backdoor" for the Interior Ministry to access personal communications data. Under the amendments, a parliamentary committee will oversee data access procedures, and the Commission for Personal Data Protection will submit an annual report to Parliament and the European Commission.
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