According to the Island Sun issue of 9th May 2020, the MOU will enable Solomon Telekom to support the work of RSIPF in its investigations into communications-related matters. The article also explains the strict processes that will be followed when access by RSIPF is required.
This appears to be bordering on breaching the constitutional protection afforded to people over their private communications and the existing legal safeguards put in place to allow for strict filtering before disclosure of any confidential information to any third party.
While fundamental rights can be limited by law, I question whether the Telecommunication Act 2009 allows for an MOU to facilitate disclosure of confidential information by a Service provider like Solomon Telekom?
It seems, the MOU is an attempt to water down the role of the Telecommunication Commission and the courts as the filtering authorities for any request of confidential information and allows for the Service provider to do the initial filtering.
This is a serious issue of public interest and so I question whether a proper assessment of the applicable laws was carried and wherein the MOU does the Telecommunication Commission fit in, and who initiated this idea?
- Opposition Press