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Vodafone claims government agencies are tapping its network in many countries where it operates

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Vodafone claims government agencies are tapping its network in many countries where it operates
Vodafone, the world's second largest carrier, made a claim on Friday that government agencies are using secret wires to tap its network in many of the 29 countries where it offers wireless service. The mobile operator published a 20 page booklet called "Law Enforcement Disclosure." The document reveals that Vodafone believes that government agencies are using direct wires to record conversations taking place over the carrier's pipeline. In addition, the location of its customers is being tracked. According to Vodafone, in many cases the government is allowed to do this without asking for a court order.

In six countries where Vodafone operates, tapping calls is a legal requirement. Vodafone won't name the six for fear of retaliation by the governments in those countries. In Albania, Egypt, Hungary, India, Malta, Qatar, Romania, South Africa and Turkey, it is against the law to disclose any information related to wiretapping or the interception of calls.

International human rights laws give Vodafone customers the right to privacy. But the carrier says that it has to follow the laws in every country where it operates, which means giving away customer information to law enforcement officials. Vodafone says,"Refusal to comply with a country's laws is not an option." The mobile operator also says that it published its twenty page report in order to spark debate on government surveillance systems. The report will be updated annually, according to Vodafone.

"If we do not comply with a lawful demand for assistance, governments can remove our license to operate, preventing us from providing services to our customers...the need for governments to balance their duty to protect the state and its citizens against their duty to protect individual privacy is now the focus of a significant global public debate. In our view, it is governments—not communications operators—who hold the primary duty to provide greater transparency on the number of agency and authority demands issued to operators."-Vodafone

source: WSJ

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posted on 06 Jun 2014, 05:31 3

1. shahrooz (Posts: 214; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Where are the people bashing NSA and US government? This sh*t is happening everywhere... Btw I'm not American.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 05:39 2

3. express77 (unregistered)


There are not Snowdens everywhere.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 16:10 1

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3765; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"Where are the people bashing NSA and US government? This sh*t is happening everywhere..."

Because in large part, it is happening everywhere based on the US and NSA making it happen everywhere.

This is not entirely true, as the UK and US cover somewhat different global influence/control regions, but as express77 pointed out, the UK has had no Snowden, perhaps because people have been crushed by the tyranny of "royals" there for many centuries. So the similar things that the UK has done have not been brought into the limelight.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 05:38 5

2. express77 (unregistered)


Government of every countries wants to make the people their puppets I believe. USA has been known already. Others will follow soon.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 08:03

6. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Yeah others will follow... get out of here with that nonsense. They are ALL doing it and have been.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 06:46

4. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


I don't really care about the snooping as long as national threats can be averted.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 07:40 1

5. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


so do you believe you're a threat? plus there's no proof of this actually working to prevent any threats at all. it like that nosey neighbor who looks though your window to see what you're up to

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 09:08

7. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


I know im not a threat, thats why i said it doesnt matter. Besides, my country has faced huge terror threats coz of not monitoring phones and communications. So i support this.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 20:53 2

9. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


That's as absurd as putting a police cctv camera in your bedroom and saying 'as long as i've got nothing to hide and it makes the world safer, I'm okay with it'.

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