Title: Telecommunications interception and access regulation framework in the US and the UK

Authors: Nazzal Kisswani

Addresses: College of Law, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha, Qatar

Abstract: As telecommunication interception and access technology has evolved and become more widely used, the need for effective interception of telecommunications and access laws has increased. Telecommunications interception and access laws need to appropriately balance the need to protect national security, conduct proper criminal investigations and counter terrorism with maintenance of the privacy of the individual. This paper looks at the applicability of regulations and laws aimed at controlling telecommunication interception and access in the USA and the UK. The article then goes on to identify certain areas of weakness in the present laws and presents strategies for strengthening these areas.

Keywords: telecommunications; lawful interception; access law; interception warrants; privacy; national security; counter terrorism; USA; UK; United States; United Kingdom; access regulation; criminal investigations; crime.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPL.2012.045944

International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, 2012 Vol.1 No.1, pp.25 - 47

Published online: 20 Sep 2014 *

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