posted Aug 21, 2001

So. Africa Weighs Police Spy Law
'South Africa is about to approve a wiretapping law that bans private citizens from eavesdropping but hands police broad surveillance powers.'

'Last month, South Africa's cabinet quietly agreed to the Interception and Monitoring Bill, which orders Internet providers and telephone companies to create "monitoring centers" for police, and forwarded it to the parliament for ratification.'

'The legislation, which has prompted an outcry among the country's Internet users, also restricts privacy-protecting encryption products, bans anonymous Internet access, and allows law enforcement to conduct surveillance with minimal oversight.'


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