Lord West urges UK email snooping crackdown
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 04/03/2011 16:29
Ministers must do more to stop internet service providers (ISPs) snooping on private e-mails without consent, an ex-cyber security minister has said.
Some ISPs have trialled software that intercepts and scans e-mails to target ads.
They are meant to ask permission first - but former Labour minister Lord West says it is too easy to flout the rules.
The Home Office said interception of e-mails without the sender's knowledge or consent was already a criminal offence.