World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts


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Comment In a report that has left lawmakers across the globe reeling, the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday claimed a smartphone maker helped government officials in Uganda access encrypted texts on a handset used by one of its own citizens, and track the device’s whereabouts.

It is, we think you will agree, virtually unheard of that a manufacturer of telecommunications gear would respond to a request from a country’s intelligence services.

It strongly implies that there is some kind of law that gives Uganda’s snoops the power to demand and obtain a target’s personal communications. Worse, it would appear that this surveillance was not made public – making the WSJ’s efforts to bring the truth to the world that much more impressive.

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