Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Access Now - A Request To Support Our Question To The Vodafone Board

Source:  https://www.accessnow.org/

Vodafone: It’s time to come clean!

Mobile phone companies know everything about us - who we call, where we go on the web, even where we are located right now - and governments around the world are asking for that info. In the last year, the U.S. government alone made 1.3 million requests. 

Just imagine, then, what undemocratic countries like Iran and Syria are demanding from the Western mobile phone companies that operate there. Hostile governments can use the information to track, incriminate, imprison, or harm activists opposing them, and phone companies aren't even so much as telling people when their data is being handed over - let alone who they're giving it to.

That's why this week we're going to London to the Annual Shareholder Meeting of Vodafone, one of the world's largest mobile phone companies, where we'll ask them exactly that, face to face.

Vodafone has 371 million users in 70 countries. We made headline news last year by calling them out at their Annual Shareholder Meeting, asking them about their role in the Egypt communications shutdown. Out of this, we began engaging with telecoms across the world and delivering them our Telco Action Plan, which challenges mobile phone companies to respect human rights and remedy their violations.

Thanks for your support, 
The Access Team

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