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Statistiken Dienst Überwachung Post- und Fernmeldeverkehr ÜPF

The Swiss prosecution authorities and the Federal intelligence service (FIS) may order post and telecommunications surveillance measures for the purpose of investigating serious criminal offences based on the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code and the Federal Intelligence Service Act. The PTSS shall produce statistics on surveillance measures based on  Art. 16 para. 1 let. k of the Federal Act on Post and Telecommunications Surveillance (SPTA).

Since 2015, the number of surveillance measures ordered has steadily decreased. In 2019, the number of surveillance measures increased again for the first time. In 2021 it decreased again to 8056 compared to 9085 in the previous year.

The Articles 269bis and 269ter of the Swiss Criminal Procedure Code allow the use of special technical devices (IMSI catchers) and computer software (govware) for telecommunications surveillance.  In 2021, 11 operations used this special computer software (13 in the previous year). The number of operations using special technical devices (IMSI-Catcher) amounts to 112 compared to 107 in the previous year. 

Note: In connection with the revision of the APTS (march 18 2016), the PTSS introduced a more detailed method for counting statistical data (for more information on the new counting method, please refer to this press release). For this reason, a comparison of recent years is only possible to a certain extent. Furthermore the numbers presented by FIS and those by the PTSS are not comparable due to a different counting method.

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Detaillierte Statistik ÜPF@dienst-ueberwachung-post-und-fernmeldeverkehr-uepf
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Statistiken Dienst Überwachung Post- und Fernmeldeverkehr ÜPF
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Issued date
April 22, 2022
Modification date
May 2, 2022
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January 3, 2011 - December 31, 2021
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Dienst ÜPF
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Kontaktstelle Überwachung Post- und Fernmeldeverkehr
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