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Vodafone Fiji clarifies UK report on legal intercepts

June 9, 2014 5:53 am

Vodafone Fiji does not have the technical capability in its network to either listen to a telephone conversation or record a phone call or a text message.

And CEO, Aslam Khan says there is no law for legal intercept in Fiji and it would be illegal for any network provider to be doing so.

Khan was clarifying a report released by Vodafone’s headquarters in the United Kingdom revealing statistics of legal intercept of calls and call records.

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Last week, the Guardian Online published a report of 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.

Khan says Vodafone Fiji provided local statistics on calls and call records to its headquarters in the UK.

He says the company’s report had listed 570 cases of call records that it had provided to the Fiji Police and the Court on production of a search warrant or court order.

He says the only information they provide is the date and the time the calls or text messages were made between two parties and the duration of the call.
Khan says this is the only information that Vodafone Fiji captures and records – for billing purposes.

In its report, Vodafone UK said the said wires had been connected directly to its network and those of other telecoms groups, allowing agencies to listen to or record live conversations and, in certain cases, track the whereabouts of a customer.

Khan says Vodafone Fiji will not support any requirement that contravenes the rights of its customers.

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