Privacy rights in El Salvador

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Privacy rights in El Salvador are guaranteed by the constitution from 1983 with a revision in 2014.

Right to Privacy in El Salvador

CHAPTER I FIRST SECTION ARTICLE 2

The right to honor, personal and family intimacy, and one’s own image is guaranteed.

CHAPTER I FIRST SECTION ARTICLE 20

The home is inviolable and can only be entered by consent of the person who inhabits it, a court order, a crime detected in the act or imminent danger of its perpetration, or grave risk of persons.

The violation of this right will allow reclamation of indemnity for the damages and losses caused.

CHAPTER I FIRST SECTION ARTICLE 24

Correspondence of every kind is inviolable; if intercepted, it shall not be given credence nor accepted as evidence in any legal action, except in the cases of insolvency proceedings and bankruptcy.

Interference of telecommunications is prohibited. Exceptionally, the temporary intervention of any kind of telecommunications may be judicially authorized, in a written and reasoned form, maintaining in any case the secrecy of private issues that are unrelated to the process. Information drawn from an illegal intervention will have no value.

The attested contravention of what is established in this Article, by any official, will be just cause for the instant destitution from his office and will lead to compensation for damages caused.

A special law shall determine the crimes in which investigation of this authorization may be granted. It will also indicate the controls, periodic reports to the Legislative Assembly, and administrative, civil and criminal responsibilities and sanctions that the officials that illegally apply this exceptional measure will incur in. The enactment and amendment of this law demands the favorable vote of at least two thirds of the total number of elected deputies.