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The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (UK)

The controversial British Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIP Act) requires internet service providers to be connected to a government e-mail interception center.

The RIP Act offends traditional notions of privacy. Government investigators and bureaucrats can use personal and private information in much more harmful ways than personal information in any other hands.

Also in Britain, proposals have been floated to warehouse records of all communications so that they can be used for criminal investigations. The National Criminal Intelligence Service has recommended to the Home Office that every telephone call (including mobile phone calls) and every e-mail should be stored in a huge government data warehouse for seven years.


Wiretapped Nation, by J.D. Tucille, Civil Liberties, (December 4, 2000)

Looking to the Future: Clarity on Communications Data Retention Law, Roger Gaspar, Deputy Director General, NCIS Chairman, ACPO Police and Telecommunications Industry Strategy Group on behalf of A.C.P.O. and A.C.P.O (S), H.M. Customs & Excise Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service, and G.C.H.Q. (August 21, 2000)

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[updated 02/19/01]

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