Building lawful interception capabilities: need for legal safeguards
by Jari Raman
International Journal of Private Law (IJPL), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2009

Abstract: The operational environment for lawful interception has changed due to the ongoing paradigm shift in communications. When circuit switching is giving away to packet switching, the fragile balance between the state and corporate interest and the rights and freedoms of the citizens is under pressure. Whereas the focus of regulation, political debate and research typically is on the prerequisites for the use of lawful interception by the authorities in the acquirement of information for the protection national security, for the prevention of crime and in criminal investigations, together with the authorisation and control of the use of lawful interception in courts and other judicial authorities, this paper focuses, instead, on the infrastructure on which the interception takes place. This paper analyses the need to complement the multifaceted regulation of lawful interception with elaborated provisions of law concerning the requirements for the design and development of lawful interception systems.

Online publication date: Fri, 27-Mar-2009

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