Communications Service Providers – Do You Comply With International Law Enforcement Assistance Mandates?

Communication service providers (CSPs) are generally required to assist law enforcement agency (LEA) investigations. The needed assistance could involve the disclosure of subscriber billing records or the facilitation of real-time lawful electronic surveillance (a lawful “intercept” or “wiretap”). Unfortunately, many CSPs are unsure whether and how to comply with LEA assistance mandates. The confusion tends to multiply as CSPs expand to foreign markets.

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