Starmer dumps doormat?

Clive D.W. Feather clive at
Thu Jan 20 09:14:17 GMT 2011

Roland Perry said:
>> Of course, you don't even need to construct scenarios of the workplace 
>> to get this problem.   Households with a shared answering machine, for 
>> example
> But that example (maybe even literally in Parliamentary debate) is one 
> of the reasons for it not being an offence to intercept on a private 
> network.

Yes, it is, unless the interception is done by the owner of the private
network or with her authority:

    1.(6) The circumstances in which a person makes an interception of a
    communication in the course of its transmission by means of a private
    telecommunication system are such that his conduct is excluded from
    criminal liability under subsection (2) if -
    (a) he is a person with a right to control the operation or the use of the
    system; or
    (b) he has the express or implied consent of such a person to make the

[Is it me, or is that a sentence fragment with no primary verb?]

If I change the settings on my answering machine, that's legal. If a
visitor changes them without my knowledge, that's unlawful. If my adult
daughter does it without asking me, that depends on whether she has my
implied consent.

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