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Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Author: Guardian (UK), Published on: 5 June 2014

Vodafone...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...the most comprehensive survey yet of how governments monitor the conversations and whereabouts of their people..."These are the nightmare scenarios that we were imagining," said...Privacy International..."I never thought the telcos...would be so complicit. It's a brave step by Vodafone and hopefully the other telcos will become more brave with disclosure..." Vodafone...said:..."We are making a call to end direct access as a means of government agencies obtaining people's communication data....Vodafone is calling for all direct-access pipes to be disconnected, and for the laws that make them legal to be amended. [refers to Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telstra]

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