The Interception of Communication Bill heads for Parliament soon
Minister of Information Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, AUGUST 12TH 2010 (CUOPM) – Draft legislation to intercept communications on private and public networks with the approval of a High Court Judge will soon be heading for the Federal Parliament.
The Cabinet earlier this week discussed and approved The Interception of Communication Bill for introduction into the Parliament for the creation of a single legal framework within which the interception of communications on private and public networks would be responsibly authorised by a High Court Judge.
“Some legislation already exists such as the Anti-terrorism Act of 2002 which makes some provision for authorised interception, but the Interception of Communication Bill is setting the stage for a new and comprehensive regime of interception of communications by mobile phones, fixed line phones, telegraphs, wireless networks and devices, mailing systems including parcels and couriers, and other means of communication,” said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty.
He said that The Interception of Communication Bill will provide public authorities with the scope within the law to intercept the communications of targeted suspects, and help solve crimes which hitherto have remained difficult to unravel.
“The bill is a tool that is likely to reap dividends as it has in other jurisdictions where it has been in existence for some time,” said Minister Carty, who added that The Interception of Communication Bill will be introduced into the National Assembly shortly.