DTI extends RIP deadline to September

The Department of Trade & Industry is giving business leaders until 15 September to reply on elements of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act relating to the monitoring of staff calls and e-mail at work

The Government has agreed to extend the consultation process over its cybertapping law to give industry more time to respond.

The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), after discussions with the Home Office, said it would give business leaders until 15 September to reply on elements of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act relating to the monitoring of staff calls and e-mail at work.

While the delay will please business users, who have described the proposal as "totally impractical and impossible", it will make it difficult for the Government to meet the 2 October date for the Human Rights Act.

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