The Kenyan government has made a shock announcement.Starting Tuesday, February 21, the government will be listening to all phone calls made by Kenyans. Network providers like Safaricom, Orange and Airtel have been ordered to comply with the government directive
The government through the Communications Authority (CA), has ordered all mobile telephone service providers to allow it to install devices on all networks in the country in order to listen, read and track down the more than 30 million Kenyans who own mobile phones.The communications authority will use a third party company contracted to install the gadgets in computers of the phone service providers.
According to the Standard, the devices can access all information on your mobile phone example the times and dates of the calls, the exact location where one is making a phone call, as well as the duration of the calls made.
The devices will also access all messages including those from mobile money transfer services like Mpesa.The devices which have been named black box will officially start tapping phones in Kenya from Tuesday, February 21.
“The black box will have access to all information on our network. With the system, they will tell where you are, who you have called, and how long you will have stayed at a place. If you paid by mobile money, say M-Pesa, they can tell how much you were charged, and so on,” an insider is quoted by the Standard.
The latest move by the government is bound to cause tension among Kenyans who might fear the lose of their privacy could be linked to the upcoming General Election in August 2017.
Ms Alwala said the system would isolate and deny services to such devices as they have the potential of being used by those with criminal intent to compromise security. “Such devices potentially compromise quality of service, the health of users, and the environment. All mobile operators will be required to connect to the DMS and ensure that blacklisted devices do not have access to mobile services,” she added.
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