Vodafone exposes secret worldwide network of government wiretaps

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.

Well we all pretty much knew they were listening to our phone calls and now Vodafone has confirmed our suspicions.

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.

In at least 6 of the countries Vodafone operates the law either obliges telecoms operators to install direct access pipes, or allows governments to do
so. They have not named the countries involved because certain regimes could retaliate by imprisoning its staff.

Is it still paranoia if they really are listening? For real don’t be talking on your phone.



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