Lawful Intercept isn’t a new concept but it is becoming a topic of increasing importance to Service Providers and Enterprises worldwide. A couple of new laws, like the 2016 Japanese Act on Communications Interception During Criminal Investigations that went into effect December 1, 2016 and the Malaysia National Security Council Act which went into effect on August 1, 2016, have made it easier for some Asian governments to perform wiretapping.
In the case of the Japanese law, wiretapping scope capabilities were expanded to cover fraud, theft, murder, and arson. In addition, the telecom agencies can now send the data electronically to the law enforcement agency (LEA). Previously, LEA personnel were required to personally visit the service provider’s location to perform the tapping of the target communications. With respect to Malaysia, the new law appears to remove the need for wiretap warrants so that the government can fight terrorism.
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