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Government to Establish New Guidelines for Wiretapping

Sept 13,1999
The government has decided to establish new regulations and an organization to deal with strong criticism over wiretappings by investigation agencies.
Information and Communications Vice-Minister Ahn Byung-yub said on September 13 at a press conference, 'The government will hold a meeting of related ministries and announce the countermeasures for wiretapping in ten days. We plan to establish a special organization at phone service companies, which will take charge of the wiretapping or providing telephone call information. The organization will not accept improper phone tapping from any agency's investigation.'
The ministry will shorten the limit under which wiretappings deemed urgent and thus without a warrant from the court can be exacted to 36 hours from the current 48 hours and strengthen the punishment on illegal tappings by revising the telecommunications secrecy protection act.
During the upcoming meeting, the related ministries will discuss the criteria and types of criminal activities subject to governmental agencies' monitoring of phone calls, the phone service companies' difficulties in refusing government agencies and private agnecies' illegal tapping.
Kang Joo-an : jooan@joongang.co.kr


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