First Steps for the Homeland Security Information Security Act and the Mutual Assistance Convention: Global Identifiers   [open pdf - 72KB]

All lawful interceptions anywhere in the world inherently involve four basic identifiers: 1) who is the law enforcement agency involved; 2) a reference designation for the investigative case interception; 3) the communications network provider who is effecting the interception; and 4) one or more "network elements" that have a binding to the case target, such as a telephone number, IP address, Email account, etc. All intercept related data and content information is tagged with these four identifiers plus a time stamp identifier -which in theory should enable interception information to be shared efficiently among law enforcement agencies and every level and worldwide. One of the more significant impediments existing within the Lawful Interception industry is the complete lack of structured basic interception information identifiers on a global basis. This NetDiscovery(TM) White Paper discusses the situation today and points to a few simple steps designed to remove these impediments and bring about the compelling goal of the new U.S. and European Acts - sharing investigative information associated with lawful interception of communications by suspected terrorists or criminal suspects.

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