Jacques and Janine Huvig were a retired couple, who had used to run a fruit-and-vegetable business. The police tapped their telephone and listened to their conversations, in relation to alleged financial irregularities resulting from their sales.
The powers available for the police to obtain such wire taps were almost limitless. The lack of legal restrictions meant that the police could obtain permission for wire taps on anyone, for almost anything, for a limitless length of time - and then keep the recordings forever.
Mr and Mrs Huvig argued that the extensive powers given to the police to monitor their conversations had breached their right to privacy.