Lawful Intercept - a world of difference

Having worked for some time with companies that are involved with communications and net security I came to understand esoteric things such as deep packet inspection, wormability and malcode—stuff that requires me to draw out my university algebra texts to understand the math behind the method. It is with some relief I managed to see a copy of a recent paper that clearly outlines the rules, by country, for Lawful Intercept.

The cringe factor

I just cringe over the whole thought of intercept as it grates against my love of personal freedom and am generally appalled by the blatant disregard for privacy. We get routinely flooded by more and more press of illegal security breaches by those folks charged with protecting us. However, lawful intercept has become accepted as a necessary evil.

In the world of Intelligence Support Systems (ISS) lawful intercept is something of a hot potato. Each country has its own version of the rules and it is difficult, if not impossible to apply them across international boundaries.

Who does what to whom?

In its recent release of The Ready Guide To Intercept Legislation 2 (sign up is required), which covers 31 countries, SS8 has provided a great world reference paper that anyone interested in the ISS space should have. While this is a re-issue of an earlier paper it should be noted that they have added seven new countries including our home and native land.

The authors have done a great job in clearing up the rules and regulations by country and by legislation element. Good work!

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