Vodafone blabs on government spies
They have revealed that governments around the world are using secret wires to listen-in on phone conversations over their networks.
In the 29 countries where Vodafone operate, governments are using wires connected directly (and permanently) to its network so they can spy on people in real-time, while also tracking the location of individuals. Basically, what Vodafone have said, is that some countries don't have to make an interception request to spy on people.
This news was revealed ahead of Vodafone publishing a Law Enforcement Disclosure Report.
In a number of countries where Vodafone do their business, the law says that mobile operators have to install direct-access wires and if they don't, the law are allowed to install them.
It seems that this wouldn't be legal in the UK (as spies need warrants), however, the law does "allow indiscriminate collection of information on an unidentified number of targets".
The marvellously named Stephen Deadman from Vodafone said: "We need to debate how we are balancing the needs of law enforcement with the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens. The ideal is we get a much more informed debate going, and we do all of that without putting our colleagues in danger."
Vodafone are blowing the whistle on all this because they want to see an end to direct-access wires.
Uncharacteristically nice from Vodafone, right? Maybe they're hoping all this will make everyone forget about their taxes that made everyone so angry?