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Chuck says no to police proposal to monitor Internet traffic in and out of Jamaica

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 11:49 AM
Chuck ... it cannot be just a loose kind a thing. It has to be specific for me.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

MONTEGO BAY, St James:
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has dismissed a proposal that would allow the Jamaican police to monitor all Internet traffic in and out of the island.

The proposal was made this morning by Inspector Warren Williams, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Communication Forensic and Cybercrimes Unit.

Speaking in Montego Bay at the fourth North American and Regional Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, Williams proposed that the Interception of Communication Act be amended to allow the police, working with service providers, to monitor Internet traffic in and out of Jamaica.

Noting that the JCF has the required equipment to conduct this monitoring, Williams said law enforcement personnel would be immediately alerted to suspicious activities.

Chuck, however, cautioned that allowing the police to monitor all Internet traffic in and out of the country would raise a number of constitutional issues.

The minister also pointed out that under existing legislation the police can get a court order to conduct monitoring for a specific investigation.

"So it cannot be just a loose kind a thing. It has to be specific for me," Chuck underscored.