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Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond.
The company has broken its silence on government surveillance in order to push back against the increasingly widespread use of phone and broadband networks to spy on citizens, and will publish its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report on Friday. At 40,000 words, it is the most comprehensive survey yet of how governments monitor the conversations and whereabouts of their people.
The company said wires had been connected directly to its network and those of other telecoms groups, allowing agencies to listen to or record live conversations and, in certain cases, track the whereabouts of a customer. Privacy campaigners said the revelations were a “nightmare scenario” that confirmed their worst fears on the extent of snooping.
originally posted by: ManFromEurope
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
We do the same as with all this stupid German confusion about the NSA: we ignore it, and get a little bit angry about those post-fasicsts who should be greatfull for having been freed from fascism and should thank us for the rest of their pity existance for doing so.
And we should demand that that stupid German Federal Prosecutor General Range should just shut up and let the talkings do their thing! No need for persecutions!
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
I am absolutely shocked that a large company like Vodafone has exposed this. They are risking a huge level of lash back by the governments in the nations which they operate. Most of the companies named in the Snowden documents denied being complacent in a large surveillance program, and I never expected any of them to actually admit to it, let alone write a 40,000 word report detailing how it all works. A big thumbs up to Vodafone, I hope they don't get attacked too harshly because of this.