Doormat argument about Voicemail dismissed by Court of Appeal

Jon Ribbens jon+ukcrypto at
Sun Jun 30 14:48:03 BST 2013

On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:22:12PM +0100, Ian Batten wrote:
> > They argued that the words used in RIPA "do not extend to cover
> > voicemail messages once they have been accessed by the intended
> > recipient".
> > 
> > In their judgment, the three judges ruled: "Contrary to the legal
> > submission on behalf of the appellants, the resulting situation is
> > not lacking in legal certainty".

The Guardian's reporting is rather misleading there. That quote from
the judgement is not related to the "doormat" argument quoted in the
previous paragraph.

> That pretty much puts that argument to bed, I would have thought,
> and presumably with it the various discussions about at which point
> in the chain of delivery an email message may or may not be
> intercepted.

That depends - what do you think it says about email interception? ;-)

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