Privacy in Electronic Communications: The Regulation of VoIP in the EU and the United States

Computer Telecommunications Law Review, pp. 139-146, 2009

9 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2009  

Rebecca Wong

Bournemouth University - Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM)

Daniel Garrie

Law & Forensics; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

The growth of internet telephony or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services has led to questions by policymakers and legislators over the regulation of VoIP. In this article, the authors consider the extent to which VoIP services are protected from an EU/US perspective and the concerns arising from the current legislative framework, mainly from privacy perspective. The second part considers VoIP services in general. The third part examines the European framework and in particular, the current categorisation of VoIP services, before considering the privacy perspective, taking into account the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2002/58 and the general Data Protection Directive 95/46. The fourth part will consider the US framework in protecting the privacy of communications, asserting that the federal courts and legislatures should act to explicitly protect VoIP oral internet communications. The final part will conclude by discussing the principal areas that still need to be addressed.

Keywords: VoIP, Internet telephony, Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications 2002/58/EC

Suggested Citation

Wong, Rebecca and Garrie, Daniel, Privacy in Electronic Communications: The Regulation of VoIP in the EU and the United States (September 1, 2009). Computer Telecommunications Law Review, pp. 139-146, 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1466153 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1466153

Rebecca Wong (Contact Author)

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