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Initiative: statutory basis for monitoring claimants

Interesting topic for debate: I understand that at the moment there's very little regulation regarding the monitoring, recording or photography of invalidity or accident claimants (I remember reading about a claimant who was photographed inside his home, by use of telephoto lenses). Since I heard just a bit on SRF2 last night, on the way home, I sat down today to read the text of the initiative (which by the way sounds quite different in English than in German). I quote:

The proposal
The new provisions set out rules to prevent arbitrariness and protect the rights of those concerned. Insurance providers may only conduct undercover observations if they have clear indications that someone is wrongfully claiming benefits and that it would be impossible or unreasonably difficult to clarify that person’s entitlement to benefits by other means. Observers may take photos and make sound recordings if the person under observation is in a public place – such as in the street, in a store or on a balcony, but are not entitled to do so within the person’s home. The use of drones, directional microphones or bugging devices is not permitted. Location devices may only be used under certain conditions and only with a court order. Anyone who has been placed under observation must be informed and can defend themselves in a court of law.
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Die Sozialversicherungen sollen die Bürgerinnen und Bürger unterstützen, die es nötig haben. Heute wird allein aufgrund von Gesprächen, Arztberichten und anderen Unterlagen überprüft, ob jemand Anrecht auf eine Unterstützung hat. Mit der Gesetzesänderung sollen neue Regeln für die Überprüfung festgelegt werden. Neu sind «verdeckte Beobachtungen» möglich, wenn es konkrete Anhaltspunkte für einen unrechtmässigen Leistungsbezug gibt. Nach einer Observation muss die betroffene Person informiert werden und kann sich vor Gericht wehren. Wenn die Gesetzesänderung abgelehnt wird, sind keine Observationen möglich.
But in any case, on the surface, it seems to just want to limit the means and venues where a claimant can be put under surveillance. On the other hand, it may be a legitimisation of a total breach of privacy. I know the devil is in the details, but they are notorious for the absence in the text of the initiative vote. Link (in German) to the Abstimmungstext.

How do you folks feel about it? What is important to add to this?
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