Privacy rights in Seychelles

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Privacy rights in Seychelles are guaranteed by the constitution from 1993 with a revision in 2001.

Right to Privacy in Seychelles


1. Every person has a right not to be subjected-

a.without the consent of that person, to the search of the person or property or premises of that person or to the lawful entry by others on the premises of that person;

b.without the consent of the person or an order of the Supreme Court, to the interception of the correspondence or other means of communication of that person either written, oral or through any medium.

2. Anything contained in or done under the authority of any law shall not be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of clause (1) (a) to the extent that the law in question makes provision-

a.that is reasonably required in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, the administration of Government, town and country planning, nature conservation and the economic development and well-being of the country;

b.that is reasonably required for the purpose of protecting the rights or freedoms of other persons;

c.that authorises an officer or agent of the Government or a local authority, or a body corporate established by law for public purposes, to enter on the premises of any person in order to inspect or value those premises or anything therein for the purpose of any tax, rate, due or duty or in order to carry out work connected with any property that is lawfully on those premises and that belongs to the Government or that authority or body corporate, as the case may be; or

d.that authorises, for the purpose of enforcing of the judgment or order of a court in any civil proceedings, the search of any person or property by order of a court or the entry upon any premises by such order; except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be necessary in a democratic society.