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SS8 Publishes Global Snapshot of Lawful Intercept Legislation

World leader in LI unveils the results of global research with its Ready Guide to Intercept Legislation

San Jose, Ca., 25th June 2007 – SS8 Networks, the leading source of lawful intercept solutions for telecommunication service providers, has extended its drive to demystify the ambiguous topic of lawful intercept (LI) by introducing the β€˜Ready Guide to Intercept Legislation’, a unique compendium detailing the historical context for current worldwide LI statutes.

The Ready Guide, (available from SS8’s website - is the result of extensive research, conducted on behalf of SS8 into LI legislation around the world. The pocket-sized guide covers twenty-four countries, each with a specific overview and history of the particular national laws. Designed to serve as a valuable reference point for anybody connected with the surveillance industry, the guide includes legislation from countries as diverse as the U.S., U.K., Romania and the Philippines.

Stephen Gleave, VP of Marketing at SS8 Networks said, β€œSS8 recognises that people are generally in the dark over LI, especially in terms of the legislation that defines it. We receive countless requests for a summary of international statutes, so we’re pleased that this guide serves as a handy tool that can quickly improve the understanding of how LI is governed around the world.”

The release of SS8’s new Ready Guide comes at a time when the UK is about to reconsider its legislative position on Lawful Intercept. A recent announcement by the Home Secretary John Reid, called for a review of the current stance on the admissibility of LI evidence in court. This stands to effect UK telecommunications service providers, as a forensic chain of custody must then be maintained when obtaining LI evidence for admission in court.

Moving forward, SS8 will be building on its legislative research. Gleave continued, β€œOver the coming years we can expect to see many more changes and developments within the global LI landscape. Some countries will be enacting laws for the first time, while others continue to refine existing statutes and guidelines. The fact is that LI legislation is an evolving process, and understanding the laws and obligations is crucial for suppliers and service providers alike.”

About SS8 Networks

SS8 Networks, headquarted in San Jose, California, is an independent provider of carrier-grade, regulatory-compliant electronic surveillance solutions that have been deployed on all continents for the largest wireline, wireless, cable, VoIP and satellite service providers. These voice and data installations can already intercept more than 500 million subscribers, and serve over 10,000 law enforcement agents.

SS8’s expertise in communications forensics ensures that intercepted traffic is securely targeted, seized, stored, transferred and analysed, so that the evidentiary chain of custody is maintained for successful criminal prosecution. For more information, please go to


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