‘Secret cables allow government spies in many countries to listen in to conversations on Vodafone’s network, the telecom giant has revealed.
The company, which is publishing a report on surveillance by governments, said the system was widely used in some of the 29 states where it operates.
The direct-access wires or pipes are connected to its network, allowing conversations to be recorded and mobile phone users to be tracked. In six of the countries, the wires are a legal requirement for telecoms companies.
Stephen Deadman, of Vodafone, told The Guardian: “These pipes exist, the direct-access model exists.’