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Legislative Discrepancies Lead To Costs for ISPs

PRIVACY LAW

August 24, 2012

Internet service providers (ISPs) have become “increasingly implicated in a complex situation as differing laws arise across different jurisdictions,” says Pauline Reich, a law professor and founder-director of the Asia-Pacific Cyberlaw, Cybercrime and Internet Security Research Institute Japan. The Council of Europe has requested ISPs voluntarily grant law enforcement agencies access to data on individuals for investigations, which jurisdictions have interpreted in various ways. As countries navigate “the complicated privacy debate,” ISPs and telcos could see greater costs, including monetary costs incurred from lawsuits and a loss of public trust if customers understand their data may be shared, ZDNet reports.
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