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U.K. global telecommunications company Vodafone has made its inaugural disclosure report on the extent to which governments and agencies have demanded information from the firm.
The Law Enforcement Disclosure Report was published on Vodafone's website on June 6; it outlines the rationale behind the company's disclosure of customer information.
The Vodafone report states that only lawful demands are processed and that the company can and does deny demands that are unlawful.
The report states that all demands are processed "blind with no information whatsoever about the context".
"Equally, we cannot assess whether or not the information gathered as a result of a demand will be used in a manner which is lawful, nor, in most cases, can we make any judgment about the potential consequences of complying (or failing to comply) with an individual demand," the report says.
The report is not directly related to The Bahamas or any activities here, but some Bahamians have taken note of it as the government awaits an explanation on allegations of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) recording and storing every cell phone conversation in The Bahamas.
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) Senior Vice President of Marketing Marlon Johnson has said neither BTC nor its parent company Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) is complicit in any breach of customer information.
According to the documents leaked by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, the NSA is able to process over 100 million "call events" per day.
The documents reveal that there are two sites located in The Bahamas through which NSA activities are being facilitated.
The NSA documents state that the secret program is "under the lawful intercept auspices via DEA access".
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday The Bahamas is at a stage where matters relating to privacy have to be reviewed and new policies have to be developed.
"It's clearly a struggle for many as to what to do and how to respond to it," he said.
"I think that all of us have to do so, and I believe we've already started a review of this matter."
Mitchell said the Office of the Attorney General has been reviewing the Listening Devices Act following a recent ruling from the Privy Council.
In March, the Privy Council upheld the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act, the legislation that oversees the country's wiretaps laws, during the drug trial of accused drug lord Melvin Maycock Sr. and four other men.
When asked if similar reports may be asked of BTC, Mitchell said, "I can't say what will be done. I would think, though, that if we are doing a review of communications generally that the providers of those services would have to be involved in the discussion."
In its report, Vodafone stressed that respecting customer privacy is "one of our highest priorities".
"However, in every country we operate, we have to abide by the laws of those countries which require us to disclose information about our customers to law enforcement agencies or other government authorities, or to block or restrict access to certain services," the report says.
Vodafone operates in over 30 countries.
The report adds that refusal to comply with a country's laws is not an option, noting that such action can lead to the removal of its license to operate.
Vodafone's report notes that if an agency or government presents a warrant, that warrant can "target any number of different communications services used by each of those subscribers" and it can target multiple devices used by the subscriber.
"In each of our operating companies around the world, a small number of employees are tasked with liaising with agencies and authorities in order to process demands received," the report says.
It adds that those employees are usually security cleared and bound to secrecy.
"They are not permitted to discuss any aspect of a demand received with their line management or any other colleagues nor can they reveal that a demand has been received at all, as doing so could potentially compromise an active criminal investigation or undermine measures to protect national security.
"Additionally, in some countries, they cannot even reveal that specific law enforcement assistance technical capabilities have been established within their companies."
Funeral Service for the Late Harry Bethel, 81, of New Bight, Cat Island and formerly of Dumping Ground Corner, will be held Friday, September 10th, 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Boyd Road. Fr. Simeon Roberts, assisted by Deacon Andrew Burrows will officiate. Interment will be made in the Church's Cemetery, Boyd Road.
Harry Bethel was born on May 24th, 1929. He Died on September, 5th 2010.
He is survived by sisters: Hilda Littles of Ft. Pierce, Florida and Catherine Emrald Bethel; Brothers: Glenville Bethel of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and Deacon Lawrence Bethel; Nieces, Cynthia Roberts, Arlene Bethel, Florence Rolle, Shirley Maycock of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Linda Hanna of Wale ...
Freeport, Bahamas - The
Grand Bahama Dart Association's
League is underway and here are the weekly results.
Dart Results as of November 9th, 2010.
Scores and highlights within.
Local Gold Cup Trials
for the 2010 -2011 year will be held at Victoria Inn, Friday 26th-
28th November 2010 . Registration will start at 7:00pm and games start at
8:00pm. Saturday game time will be set after Friday nights game.
For more Info: Anishka Maycock, Publicity G.B.D.A. 2010/11
Friday 24th June 2011 8:00 PM
When keeping a campaign promise forces the leader of a small island nation out of office he has to dig deep within himself and his extensive bag of dirty tricks to regain his post as prime minister. This week 'The Cabinet,' written by Ward Minnis and directed by Dr. Ian Strachan, returns to Nassau back where it started at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts for two nights only – Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th. And adding to the already strong cast of players is the formidable acting chops of Anthony Skeebo Roberts in the role of Lymon Leadah. Also starring Ward Minnis, Chigoze Ijeoma, Arthur Maycock Jr., Sophia Smith, and Matthew Wildgoose. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Galleria Cinemas in the Mall at Marathon and $25 at the door. Group rates available: $15 for groups of 10 or larger. Call 225-7923 to arrange delivery!
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell says that Education Minister Desmond Bannister has sought to blame the PLP for the shortfall in school furniture and teachers shortages in Grand Bahama, when the PLP has been out office since 2007.
Mr Mitchell noted that there is a critical shortage of furniture at the Walter Parker Primary and students have to borrow chairs from classrooms and the faculty lounge in order for one teacher to be able to seat her full class.
"I want to take this opportunity to answer the minister of education who in response to my comments in Grand Bahama on August 26 suggested that politics wa ...
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Old Bahama Bay Resort has temporarily shut down its operations to allow for employee vacation and annual improvements and maintenance at the property in West End.
Derek Gape, project manager at Ginn Sur Mer, said the resort will be closed for four weeks and will reopen on October 10.
"It is our vacation shut-down, and what that does is permit us to go in and do renovations and improvements," he said.
Mr Gape said maintenance works will be carried out to the docks and the hotel.
Old Bahama Bay features 67 junior suites and six two-bedroom suites as well as a 72-slip port of entry marina. The p ...