Starmer dumps doormat?

Ian Batten igb at
Thu Jan 20 14:34:18 GMT 2011

On 20 Jan 11, at 0725, Roland Perry wrote:

> In article <F121BA0C-BA1E-4DCE-9EB4-AE8964A86897 at>, Ian Batten <igb at> writes
>> Did you consider the possibility that in that scenario the secretary may actually be acting as a legal agent for the boss? It was discussed on another list last year where we concluded that if the secretary wasn't the "intended recipient" then there was no way out of the conclusion that they were acting unlawfully, because of the requirement for both parties to have consented.
>> 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. And everything beyond BT's white terminating box is a private network.

How does that work in the context of 1571 (Callminder), which is a voice mail service offered by the network operator and hosted within the operator's data centre?   There's only one mail mailbox associated with the line.   When I call 1571, the messages could be for anyone.


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