05 October 2000
Buying departments should seek specialist advice now that the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIP) is coming into force in a scheduled 18-month roll-out.
"Companies should review staff Internet and e-mail usage, and budget for surveillance," said Paul Abbiati, an e-commerce law consultant at PMMS.
Companies could incur costs when ensuring that their internet service providers have the "black box encryption device" that allows police and security services to access data.
This month, Lord Justice Simon Brown becomes security services commissioner and intelligence services commissioner, and Lord Justice Swinton Thomas becomes interception of communications commissioner.
A Home Office spokesperson confirmed that the access-to-data sections of the RIP Act will be enforced in the last half of 2001.