Cell Carrier: Governments Worldwide Hear Your Calls
Vodaphone said 6 countries grab content without even a warrant
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2014 5:10 PM CDT
Updated Jun 6, 2014 6:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The world's second-biggest telecom company released a report today saying that countries from Hungary to Fiji are accessing customer calls and texts with legal warrants, or just tapping in whenever they feel like it, the New York Times reports. Vodaphone—which left the US this year and is based in the UK—said in its 40,000-word report that 29 countries had issued thousands of requests for content and metadata. So which countries have a direct link? A Vodaphone rep said it was 6 countries but wouldn't name them, citing a possible risk to employees in those places, Bloomberg reports. Other details:

  • Vodaphone said government agencies should stop tapping directly into cellphone calls and text exchanges without a warrant.
  • The company, which has 400 million customers, called on all countries to publish the number of warrants they have issued. Based on Vodaphone's report, the Guardian published a table showing how countries monitor customers: Italy issued the most metadata warrants (605,601) and Spain the most content warrants (24,212), but most countries blocked such information by law or Vodaphone left it blank for other reasons (like those governments report such data themselves or Vodaphone can't uncover it).
  • Vodaphone's report is the most "comprehensive" survey yet of how governments monitor and eavesdrop on people, the Guardian notes.

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FrankFurter
Jun 15, 2014 2:33 AM CDT
I don't care. They can listen to all of my dumb conversations, dumb asses.
Scaramouche
Jun 10, 2014 8:28 PM CDT
Well, fvcking duh!
Mark Dreher
Jun 7, 2014 11:04 AM CDT
You can EASILY, beat Obama Listening in, to your calls. Don't use a smart phone. Use a cheapo. Costs 10 bucks Works Perfect. Un Registered. They "never even ask your name" That means "They don't know it". If you want to "sleep tight" And make a call Without Obama Listening in. Don't tell them Who you are. Use A Cheapo. To beat NSA Spies.