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The wiretapping is a further indication of Egypt's troubling trends regarding rule of law, revisionist narratives of the Jan. 25 revolution and the lack of widespread pushback against privacy violations.The wiretaps violated international covenants, the constitution and Egyptian law, revealing an overall decline in the rule of law. In the Egyptian penal code, Article 309 stipulates imprisonment for anyone who eavesdrops on or transmits telephone conversations without consent, while Article 73 of the 2003 Telecommunications Law dictates jail or a fine for telecommunications sector employees who are responsible for recording and disclosing calls.This is a worrying sign of the deterioration of the rule of law in Egypt.The wiretapping shows the extent of Egypt's setbacks when it comes to citizens' rights and the rule of law.
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