Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wiretapping to be discussed

News.mn reports that 4 of the Great Khural standing committees will convene today to discuss the state budget for 2010-2012. What drew my interest and concern was a bit about the Internal Security, Foreign Policy Committee meeting. The committee members will meet to discuss possible changes to the Communications law, which includes legalizing wiretapping of mobile communication for law enforcement purposes.

No information at the moment is available on the committee's section of the Parliament website, which is regularly updated with transcripts of meetings and other documents. The proposal, prepared by the Government, may be rejected by the Parliament according to news.mn. While the news article doesn't go into further detail, it sounds like warrantless surveillance to me. More details to come as and when available following the standing committee's meeting.