Vodafone, the world’s second-largest mobile phone carrier behind China Mobile, revealed Friday that in six countries where it does business, the government requires direct access to the telecom’s network.
“In a small number of countries, the law dictates that specific agencies and authorities must have direct access to an operator’s network, bypassing any form of operational control over lawful interception on the part of the operator,” the report said.
Vodafone declined to name those specific countries for legal reasons but noted that nine countries worldwide—including three from the European Union—forbid disclosure of any information related to wiretapping, interception, or surveillance under their own law. Those countries include Albania, Egypt, Hungary, India, Malta, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, and Turkey.
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