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Spectre of equipment costs potential concern in proposed lawful access laws

News | 09/06/2002 4:00 am EDT
Internet service providers are guarded in their comments regarding a recently released federal paper on access by law officials to online communications. Both the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) and Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP), which represent the majority of Internet providers in Canada, say they are examining the document, especially with an eye to understanding its implications for burdensome new costs. If implemented as is, new lawful access legislation could impose steep equipment costs on ISPs as it forces them to store communications or buy new equipment to allow new forms of digital wire-tapping.

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