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Khan: We have nothing to hide

Shalveen Chand
Sunday, June 08, 2014

THERE were 760 warrants issued to Vodafone Fiji by government agencies for information on people, according to Vodafone's parent company's global survey revealing the extent of wire-taps by governments around the world.

Vodafone Fiji managing director Aslam Khan said in a statement on the company's website that Vodafone Fiji provided information to its head office in UK and consented to the statistics to be published for public consumption.

"We have nothing to hide. It is as transparent as it can get. The 760 cases listed in the report under Vodafone Fiji is for information related to call records that is provided to the police and the court on production of a search warrant or court order," he said.

"The only information we provide on the production of a search warrant is the date and time of calls made or text messages sent between two parties and the duration of that call. This is the only information we capture and record for billing purposes.

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

"Also, there is no law for legal intercept in Fiji and if any network provider were to eavesdrop on a call or read contents of an SMS message sent and received between two parties, this would be classified as illegal."

Mr Khan said Vodafone strongly believed in fundamental rights of citizens, that is freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

"We would like reassure all our subscribers that Vodafone Fiji neither has technical capability nor a desire to ever listen to or read contents of any communication between any two parties.

"We will also not support such a requirement that contravenes the rights of our customers," said Mr Khan

Vodafone's revelation that government agencies in six unidentified countries use its network to listen to and record customers' calls has sparked protests in some countries.





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