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article imageVodafone reveals surveillance across multiple countries

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 6, 2014 in World
The massive mobile phone giant Vodafone has revealed the extent of Irish communications snooping and surveillance in many other countries.
Representatives from the company Vodafone came to various parts of the free press to reveal a huge spying operation. The full disclosure explains that governments from all over the world had dedicated spying lines into their network. These revealed both conversations and often locations of those being spied upon.
The company explained that there were laws in around six of the countries they work in which required them to either install these lines or let the government do it. They are painting a picture that they had no choice in the matter. That deserves further investigation but seems possible.
So what about the data itself? Ireland had quite a lot of spying for their size with 4,124 requests for what is called metadata. This could be anything from files downloaded to conversations in practical terms. Other areas like Italy had 605,601 requests and Malta had a staggering 3,773 requests which is totally out of whack for their miniscule population. We can only speculate as to what the data is used for but it looks like areas that may have some form of armed dissent are being monitored closely. These are a just a few of the more pronounced points in a network running across Europe and parts of the Middle East.
The reveal that governments over the world are watching the people is chilling, telling and completely unsurprising to those of us who follow world politics. While the United States has been called on it recently every developed country has good reason to spy on others. Some believe they have good reason to spy on their own people.
While some people involved realize there is a problem not much is being done about it. Stephen Deadman, who is an officer at Vodafone's group privacy division, said that they "are making a call to end direct access as a means of government agencies obtaining people’s communication data." in a report from the Guardian. They have called for a disconnection of the spy lines but no one knows how effective that will be.
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