Ukrainians made to pay to be tapped

15:34, 29 March 2012
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 MP Volodymyr Oliynyk...

 MP Volodymyr Oliynyk (Party of Regions) sponsored amendments to the Law On Telecommunications obligating the operators not only to install equipment in their networks at their own expense, but also purchase equipment required for operative work, KW wrote this week.

Oliynyk told KW that the current version of the law does not specify who is responsible for purchasing tapping equipment so the Cabinet should elaborate on the procedure. As the equipment for reading information from networks is not available for open sale, a company that installs such equipment could be brought to criminal liability. Hence, the government will determine where the tapping equipment should be purchased and how it should be used. Two years ago, MP Yuriy Karmazyn (OU-PSD) also proposed to amend the article of the law on purchasing tapping equipment. Instead, he proposed that the special services buy the required equipment with their own money.

Karmazyn warned that the law enforcement agencies can abuse the tapping equipment. “Today, nothing keeps an authorized body from obtaining permission to tap several telephone numbers or intercept information that comes to certain addresses,” he wrote in the explanatory note. His initiative remained with the National Communications Regulatory Commission in 2010, but was not included on the VR agenda in autumn 2011.

Last week, Karmazyn stated he will vote against the bill proposed by Oliynyk since its adoption will create a considerable financial burden on market players.

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