Vodafone reveals mass government surveillance

2014-06-06 07:43
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Cape Town - Mobile operator Vodafone has revealed an extensive network of government intrusion into its network that allows agencies free access to conversations and even track whereabouts of customers.

According to a report on the Guardian, Vodafone made the revelations in order to fight against increasing use of surveillance practices that compromise individual liberty.

The company published its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report on Friday, similar to Google's Transparency Report which highlights government requests for personal information.

Vodafone revealed extensive government direct surveillance in the countries where it had operations and in SA, the report stated that it was unlawful to publish any information on government intrusions.

South African mobile operator Vodacom is a subsidiary of Vodafone in SA.

The revelations confirm what whistleblower Edward Snowden said about US spy agency intrusion into internet companies, but given that mobile phones are often used as personal devices, the breakdown of privacy is particularly damaging.

The government intrusion into the company's records does not require a warrant and officials who extract the data are not accountable to justify their actions.

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