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Vodafone says phones on its networks in 29 countries are tapped

Vodafone report outlines the way that governments request information for it and says that phones in 29 countries where it operates are tapped.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Fri, Jun 6 2014 6:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

European wireless carrier Vodafone has made a startling admission recently. Vodafone has said that phones on its networks in 29 countries where it operates are tapped right now. The carrier has admitted to secret taps performed by government agencies in many countries are used to listen to conversations on the company's networks.

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The revelation came in the form of a 20-page report that outlined surveillance by governments titled Law Enforcement Disclosure. Vodafone is the world's second largest mobile operator only surpassed by China Mobile in size.

Vodafone's report outlines the procedures and infrastructure used by governments to request information from it and to tap into the calls of users when it is deemed necessary. In six of the countries where Vodafone operates, it is legally bound to support phone tapping when requested by government agencies. "Refusal to comply with a country's laws is not an option," Vodafone said.

NEWS SOURCE:online.wsj.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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