El Salvador: $22 Million for Telecommunications Interception Center

The government has set aside a budget of $22 million for the intervention center to monitor communications.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The remit of the Telecommunications Interception Center is defined in the Special Telecommunications Interception Law approved by the Legislative Assembly as a tool against organized crime.

"While it won't be possible to spend the whole amount in one go, this is a priority project for us and for El Salvador and we need to analyze how to plan the expenditure," said the Treasury Minister, Carlos Cáceres.

The budget will need to cover infrastructure, employee salaries as well as the purchase of technical equipment to intercept communications made using fixed telephones, cell phones, email and Internet social networking sites online.

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