Nov 102009
 November 10, 2009  Posted by  Breaches, Non-U.S., Surveillance

A news story by Richard Edwards suggests that the UK does not have the kinds of laws we have here in the U.S. about recording telephone conversations without both parties’ knowledge and consent:

Companies and public bodies responsible for private telephone systems are allowed to intercept calls for a wide range of purposes but must make “all reasonable efforts” to inform callers.

However there is no legislation to prevent individuals such as Jacqui Janes, who received a call from Gordon Brown to apologise about his condolence letter over the death of her son Jamie in Afghanistan, from taping the call during the course of a conversation.

A spokesperson for the Information Commissioner’s Office said: “Neither the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) prevent someone from recording a personal telephone conversation.

Read more in the Telegraph.

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