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Legal acts regulating our work

The Republic of Estonia is a state based on the rule of law and the activities of all its state agencies have to be based on law. The Estonian Internal Security Service is no exception here. As a law enforcement authority of the Republic of Estonia, established to ensure compliance with the law and maintainenance of constitutional order, we also consider adherence to the law of utmost importance in our own activities. The Estonian Internal Security Service fulfils only the tasks assigned to it by law and acts within the scope of law. The tasks, competence, rights and responsibilities of the Service are stipulated in: Constitution of the Republic of Estonia; Security Authorities Act; Code of Criminal Procedure; Police and Border Guard Act; Statutes of the Internal Security Service.

The most important legal acts regulating criminal proceedings and misdemeanour procedures, activities related to collection of information and surveillance are: Administrative Procedure Act, Surveillance Act; Security Authorities Act; Penal Code; Anti-Corruption Act; Code of Criminal Procedure; Penal Code Implementation Act; Code of Misdemeanour Procedure; Government of the Republic Regulation Investigative Jurisdiction between the Police Board inclusive of the agencies under its administration and the Internal Security Service. In addition to the above-mentioned legal acts, judicial decisions are also a very significant signpost in criminal proceedings.

As for the Acts regulating the activities related to the protection of state secrets, the following should be noted in the first place: State Secrets and Classified Information of Foreign States Act; Procedure for Protection of State Secrets and Classified Information of Foreign States. Additionally, it is to a great extent contingent upon the aforesaid legal acts how much we can inform the public of our activities.

Of the legislation regulating employment and service relationships, personnel management, administration, document management, informing of the public and other issues pertaining to the organisation of work, the following legal acts should be pointed out: Archival rules; Public Information Act; Public Service Act; Common Principles of Records Management Procedure; Personal Data Protection Act; Response to Memoranda and Requests for Explanations Act; Police and Border Guard Act; State Public Servants Official Titles and Salary Scale Act; Employment Contracts Act.

Security Authorities Act
Penal Code
Anti-Corruption Act
Code of Criminal Procedure
Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act
State Secrets and Classified Information of Foreign States Act