Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-06-07 08:07:20
Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), the second-largest mobile-phone company, stirred an outcry from privacy groups from the U.K. to Italy as it revealed the extent of wire-taps by governments around the world.
In its first law-enforcement disclosure report, Vodafone said 29 governments from Albania to the U.K. asked for access to its network or user data. The requests range from wiretapping, or intercepting calls and messages, to accessing data such as call and Web-browsing records, according to the report released yesterday, which covered the year through March 31.
The disclosure is the most extensive made by a global communications provider, even as carriers including AT&T Inc. (T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) have published similar reports after documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden exposed the range of government surveillance tactics and prompted a public backlash.
“It’s unacceptable governments carry out surveillance work so massive, widespread and indiscriminate as that revealed by Vodafone’s report,” Antonello Soro, chairman of Italy’s Data Protection Authority, said in a statement. “Just as it is not acceptable that governments have access directly to the phone calls of citizens outside the safeguards prescribed by law and without a measure of the judiciary.” More»