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South African Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provisions of Communication-related Information Act of 2002

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South African Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provisions of Communication-related Information Act of 2002 (RICA), Act No. 70 (2002) (full-text).

Overview Edit

The Act is a South African law that regulates the interception of communications, the monitoring of radio signals and radio-frequency spectrums and the provision of communication-related information (CRI) — information relating to indirect communication in the records of telecommunication service providers. The law came into effect on January 22, 2003.

It also regulates applications for interception of communications and provision of communication-related information under certain circumstances. It regulates law enforcement where interception of communications is involved and prohibits the provision of telecommunication services which do not have the capability to be intercepted and requires telecommunication service providers to store communication-related information.

The law specifies costs to be borne by telecommunications service providers related to these requirements and compensation to services providers. It provides for the establishment of interception centres, an Office for Interception Centres, and an Internet Service Providers Assistance Fund.

The Act prohibits the manufacturing, assembling, possessing, selling, purchasing or advertising of interception equipment without a certificate of exemption issued by the relevant Minister.

The Act requires decryption assistance from any person who possesses the decryption key.


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