Police revise wiretapping regulations


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..critics argue the police could abuse their new powers to invade personal privacy.

Change 'could' to 'will'.

Wiretapping instructors -- a newly created position to address such concerns -- will monitor whether investigations are being conducted appropriately, the police said. For each criminal case, an instructor will be assigned from among chief inspectors and higher-ranking officials.

The police are monitoring their own investigations. The 'wiretapping instructor' is a phantom position -- just for show.

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Given the proclivity for forcing confessions, this is frightening.

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Not a fan of this kind of surveillance-

However, maybe it will assist in zeroing in on perpetrators behind some of those "Ore, Ore..." and other scam calls, often targeting the vulnerable elderly.


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I guess it is already being done anyways.

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RecklessToday  11:47 am JST

I guess it is already being done anyways.

True, but we can no longer ONLY point our fingers at communist and fascist countries,

everyones doing it now. Kind of a slippery slope of privacy.

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Police are making legislation now?

Remind me again why Japan has legislators.

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The rate at which this country is changing into police state is really frightening.

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If one likes police states like China, Syria, Russia, et. al., then gotta like this

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I would like to remind the police of Article 21 of the Japanese constitution, part of which reads: "No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated. "

The police wiretapping is illegal: it's as simple as that. It's a pity, but not a surprise, that the supreme court refuses to uphold the constitution.

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 For each criminal case, an instructor will be assigned from among chief inspectors and higher-ranking officials.

so bascially the police will be monitoring the police. Japan and their BS oversight

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Or the U.S. where the NSA 'has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001.'

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Wire-tapping is an outdated practice (except perhaps for Hotels) - though they could try to extend that to meaning they can listen in to any IP traffic, but since most is encrypted, they'd be hard pushed to gleam anything useful from it.

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