Re: Lord Bassam's Doormat - was Re: Google Toolbar caught tracking users when 'disabled'
2010-02-01 04:59:20 GMT
Nicholas Bohm wrote: > Peter Fairbrother wrote: >> Richard Clayton wrote: >> >>> Lord Bassam of Brighton: I think that my explanation will make it >>> plain that we do not seek to create a problem here where really >>> there should not be a problem at all. We are confident that the Bill >>> as drafted has the effect of providing the exemption from the >>> interception offence where the communication is delivered to a wrong >>> address. The definition of "interception" is limited to interception >>> of a communication in the course of its transmission by certain >>> means. To take one example, a letter which has been delivered >>> through a letterbox and is lying on a doormat is no longer in the >>> course of its transmission -- it has, after all, arrived -- because >>> it is no longer being delivered by the public postal service into >>> whose care it was entrusted. >> And there you have Lord Bassam's doormat. A communication has arrived >> at the doormat when it has passed outside the system which was used to >> deliver it. >> >> It actually helps, in retrospect perhaps surprisingly, and makes a lot >> of sense. >> >> >> Regarding emails, we have the example that pager messages stored in a >> pager are still regarded to be in transmission, whether read or not. >> >> This must surely extend to emails when they are still in the user's >> email program's mail folder too. The folder. like the memory in a >> pager, is also a part of the system by which they were transmitted.(Continue reading)