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 September 13, 2010  Breaches, Laws, Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

Amberhawk Training reports on how MPS views stored communications in terms of privacy protections:

The voicemail hacking incident is still exercising MPs – especially the Labour ones who did little to protect individual privacy during the party’s decade in power (see last week’s blog).

So when Assistant Commissioner John Yates of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) gave evidence on “Specialist Operations” to the Home Affairs Select Committee (last week), MPs on the Committee took the opportunity to ask a range of questions about the lack of prosecutions re such hacking.

Yates’ answers reveal that the MPS has obtained legal advice from a leading QC which, if applied in practice, means that unread spam messages receive a high level of privacy protection under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) whereas read private email messages of immense confidentiality do not receive any privacy protection from RIPA.

Read more in The Register.

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