South Africa: Telcos will respond to R2K surveillance stats request

2 June 2017

Telecoms

Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C confirmed they had received PAIA requests from R2K and will respond. Three out of four of South Africa's telecoms operators say they will respond to the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) within 30 days over how often they hand over sensitive customer information to government agencies.

This after the advocacy group on Tuesday made a statement that it had filed Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) requests with MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C asking telcos to disclose statistics of how many warrants they have received via section 205 of the Criminal Procedures Act, for the years 2015 to 2017.

Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom all confirmed with ITWeb that they had received the PAIA requests from R2K and all said they would provide responses to the group within the prescribed 30 day period. MTN did not respond to ITWeb's request for comment by the time of publication. Read the full article in ITWeb here.