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David Bicknell

IT directors have less than two weeks to respond to a key government consultation paper in the wake of the Regulation of...



David Bicknell

IT directors have less than two weeks to respond to a key government consultation paper in the wake of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act.

Under a clause in the e-mail interception act, businesses have to inform staff and business correspondents who communicate with the company via e-mail or telephone that their communication may be intercepted for regulatory, quality control, or crime detection purposes.

Now, the DTI has put out a consultation document wanting replies by the end of the month regarding the regulations over how these should be put instigated.

But the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (Imis) is unhappy about the way the regulations are currently drafted. It fears that making a distinction between monitoring corporate voice and data networks for legal, security and regulatory purposes and monitoring for quality control, training or market research purposes could lead to costly overheads.

Imis believes that any distinction between monitoring transactions specified by an external regulator (whether statutory or voluntary) and for quality control fails to accord with reality.

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