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Wider RIP ACT Laws Cause Concern
By: MarkJ - 07 November, 2003 (8:53 AM)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which allows security services to monitor and intercept Internet (e-mail) records, is to have its scope widened. Yet many have expressed concern, not least because it wasn't fully understood the first time around:

Lord Phillips of Sudbury told a Parliamentary meeting in London on Wednesday that neither backbenchers nor government ministers fully grasped the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which was passed into law in 2000.

"The House of Lords gave more time to scrutinising RIPA than the House of Commons, and no one in the House of Lords fully understood all of RIPA's intricacies," said Lord Phillips, who described RIPA's passage through Parliament as a "nightmare".

According to Lord Phillips, several parts of RIPA are flawed -- including the oversight powers that should keep access to citizens' data in check.

Well, what did you expect from such a large group of people with little to no understanding of how the Internet works? The usual privacy groups have begun campaigning against the changes, not that itíll make any difference. More @ ZDNet.

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