News Burst: EC prepares interception directive for email

Spying is fine... just as long as you ask the country's bosses first...

Telecoms operators must allow law enforcement agencies to intercept e-mail messages according to new legislation being prepared by the European Commission.

The proposals will also look at the prevention of spam mail and anonymous and unsolicited messages. The drive, to prevent Internet crime, will broaden existing EU data privacy directives to cover email, but is expected to present strict guidelines on exactly what communications can be intercepted and why.

A recent report suggested that 75 percent of UK companies currently monitor their employees web usage. Tony Westbrook thinks that's fair enough -- as long as you know you are being watched. Go to AnchorDesk UK for the news comment.

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