RIPA Modifications Could Mean ISP Exec Jail Time
PRIVACY LAW—UKNovember 25, 2010
As part of modifications to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the government is advocating prison sentences for executives of Internet service providers that are caught snooping on sensitive customer information, Computerworld reports. The proposed changes, which follow claims that providers sometimes track users online and sell the information to marketers, would impose a two-year jail sentence for ISP executives found guilty and a £10,000 fine for those who unintentionally access user data illegally, the report states. A home office spokesperson said the changes "would provide additional protection for users by making it clear when users have explicitly given their consent to their information being used."