Keywords: telecommunications, lawful interception, national security, counter terrorism, terrorists, Arab states, communication monitoring, law enforcement, telecommunication access, laws, legislation, regulations, individual privacy, crime investigation, economic growth, Australia, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, liability, scientific enquiry
Telecommunications (interception and access) and its regulation in Arab countries
Telecommunication has been a necessity in all countries this century. Communication has always been an essential part of our lives, education, family relations, business, government and other organisational activities. As telecommunication technology has advanced, so has the need for the interception of telecommunications and access by law enforcement authorities. In addition, lawful interception and the way it is performed have played an important role in the effectiveness of the monitoring of communications. Telecommunications interception and access law should also place a great deal of importance on the privacy of the individual as well as the needs of national security, crime investigation, counter terrorism efforts and economic growth. This paper looks at the applicability of regulations aimed at controlling telecommunications interception and access law in Arab countries. The Australian telecommunications interception and access law is taken as a relevant template that can be examined in light of Arab countries needs and requirements. Various issues unique to Arab countries need to be examined prior to adopting the Australian framework wholesale.