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Opinion: Proposed Intercept Law Needs Oversight

PRIVACY LAW—RWANDA

August 29, 2012

In a column for allAfrica, Sunny Ntayombya discusses a proposed communication intercept law in Rwanda. Ntayombya reports that the proposed law would allow the government’s security agencies to “monitor anyone who they think is conducting illegal activities,” adding, “As long as they have a warrant, given in writing or verbally by the Prosecutors of National Jurisdiction…the intercepts are legal.” Ntayombya opines, “I’m uncomfortable with the fact that, when it comes to tapping my phone calls and e-mails, all police needs to do is simply ask a prosecutor,” adding, “we would be better served if permission to tap our communication came from judges.”
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