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Monitoring Internet Communications

Published Friday, May 31, 2013

Internet communications are often monitored to investigate criminal activity. Recent attempts to update UK regulation of investigatory powers have generated controversy. This POSTnote explains the use of different internet monitoring methods and discusses the impact of evolving technologies.

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Internet communications are often monitored to investigate criminal activity. Recent attempts to update UK regulation of investigatory powers have generated controversy. This POSTnote explains the use of different internet monitoring methods and discusses the impact of evolving technologies.

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Author: Martin Griffiths

Topics: Information technology, Intelligence services, Internet and cybercrime, Privacy, Telecommunications

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