Entanet asks if a ‘Snooper’s charter’ is now inevitable

January 19, 2015

Telford, 19 January 2015 – Wholesale connectivity provider, Entanet, is calling on Internet businesses and service providers to join the debate about the need for information about users’ communications to be made available to security services, following the recent attacks in Paris.

In the latest posting on its popular Opinion blog, the company sets out its long-held view that for any ‘Snooper’s charter’ the industry must be allowed to give its views and apply its own scrutiny to any plans that will enable the government or its agencies to track browsing activity, emails and calls of individual users. Entanet also concurs with views already expressed that any attempt to prevent some communication being encrypted is doomed to failure.

In the article, Entanet’s Paul Heritage-Redpath says: “Let’s hope any further legislation is introduced following proper industry scrutiny for once and not in some pre-election vote boosting ‘back-door loop-hole’ as previous experience (i.e. the DEA) has demonstrated. We can only hope!”

He also asks if the stakes have now got so high that legislation of this kind is inevitable and asks ISPs and resellers to give their views on what should happen. Entanet also expresses its concern that laws will be rushed through ahead of the May General Election to satisfy the perceived public desire for positive action to be taken to combat potential terrorists’ digital communications.

The article can read at: www.enta.net/opinion/2015/01/19/snoopers-charter-inevitable/

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About Entanet
Entanet is a leading wholesale voice and data communications provider and operates via a network of wholesale and resale channel partners. It was founded in 1996 by Taiwanese entrepreneur Jason Tsai and employs over 80 staff at its offices in Telford, Shropshire.

In February 2014, mid-market equity investor Mobeus Equity Partners made an initial £6 million investment to support a £14 million management buyout. Jason Tsai remains a significant shareholder.

Entanet offers an extensive portfolio of connectivity services, including wholesale and packaged broadband, leased lines, EFM, IP VPNs, hosting and co-location, VoIP and traditional telecoms. The company operates its own fully-resilient nationwide next generation network which enables it and its partners to provide up to 10Gbps capacity to customers right across the UK. In addition, it has further connectivity into Amsterdam and Frankfurt and over 900 peering relationships across Europe.

The quality of Entanet’s services and its commitment to partners has been widely recognised. The company was recently named Best Channel ISP in the 2013 Comms National Awards and as the winner in the 2013 ISPA Awards for Best Business Fixed Broadband. In the Comms National Awards 2012 it was awarded Best Channel Wholesale Service Provider. It also received the ISPA award for Best Internet Telephony in 2011 and was short-listed in the Specialist Services Vendor of the Year category in the CRN Channel Awards – an accolade it has won twice in previous years. The company has also been listed on a number of occasions in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA and other listings of fast-growing, privately-held UK companies.

For more information contact:
Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing
Entanet International Ltd
Tel: 0333 101 0000