RIPA 2000 prosecution

The Regulation of investigatory Powers Act 2000 provides for employers to monitor e-mail and other communications by employees under certain circumstances and for certain reasons. – Employees often sign an employment contract that contains a clause stating that they give their consent to monitoring. The monitoring is for technical reasons or to prevent illegal activity.

Much to my suprise, Cliff Sanford – founder of Demon Internet – has received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges brought under the RIPA legislation. Sanford intends to appeal, and claims that the interpretation of the act by the judge in the case made a guilty plea unavoidable.

The resulting clarification of the law may help cast light on a muddy field.

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