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Kenya: Report alleges telecom firms complicit in violation of privacy by govt. agents; Safaricom comments

Privacy International has published a new investigation 'Track, Capture, Kill: Inside Communications Surveillance and Counterterrorism In Kenya'. The report documents how unregulated state surveillance is facilitating human rights abuses. In response, Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore said that the firm only provides information as required by courts and upon receipt of relevant court orders.

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16 March 2017

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Author: Privacy International (UK)

"Track, Capture, Kill: Inside Communications Surveillance and Counterterrorism in Kenya"

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Article
16 March 2017

Privacy International's report on how telecommunication firms are complicit in violation of privacy by govt. agents

Author: Privacy International (UK)

"New Privacy International investigation exposes the role of Kenyan government surveillance in facilitating torture and extrajudicial killings"

Privacy International has...published a new investigation 'Track, Capture, Kill: Inside Communications Surveillance and Counterterrorism In Kenya'. The report documents how unregulated state surveillance is facilitating human rights abuses, including torture, disappearances and extrajudicial killings.  The investigation is based on unprecedented testimony from dozens of current and former law enforcement, military and intelligence personnel…

 Despite constitutional and other privacy protections, telecommunications operators regularly hand over customer data to both intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Sources who spoke with PI feel that they cannot decline agencies’ requests.

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Article
16 March 2017

Report reveals how Kenya police spy on your phone; includes Safaricom's comments

Author: Stella Cherono, Daily Nation (Kenya)

"Report reveals how Kenya police spy on your phone"

Kenyan security agencies intimidate mobile service providers to spy on civilians communication, a UK-based firm, Privacy International (PI) has said. In a report released on Wednesday, PI says the security forces violate citizen's privacy in the name of fighting terrorism...It claims that at one of the mobile service providers, around 10 DCI officers sit on one floor of the central bloc and that these officers provide information to all police branches...

Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore...said that the firm only provides information as required by courts and upon receipt of relevant court orders.“We believe that customers have fundamental right to privacy… ensuring that right is respected is one of our highest priorities,”...

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