Right2Know: Cell companies must cough up phone tapping stats

NGO Right2Know says that there is a loophole in criminal law which allows magistrates to order that cell phones be tapped – in a process that happens outside the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act.

Now the NGO has called on all cell phone networks to reveal how many times they’ve been asked to intercept such calls.

Right2Know campaign organiser, Murray Hunter, says they are specifically looking for statistics of how many times it happens in a year.

We are very concerned that this loophole is open to abuse and we are very concerned that interceptions are happening without customers being notified.

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right 2 Know

In order to assess how big this problem is we simply want those statistics...

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right 2 Know

Hunter says the network providers have 30 days to respond to their request - either to give them the information they need or state they refuse to do so.

I think this is something every customer should be asking themselves as to how many times cellphone providers are handing over sensitive information.

Murray Hunter, National Coordinator of the Right 2 Know

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