88% of UK residents believe that their phones are tapped

June 17, 2014

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Last week, Vodafone shocked everyone by disclosing that government agencies in multiple countries have direct access to their infrastructure. This access gives those governments the ability to listen to conversations on Vodafone’s networks and track the locations of mobile customers.

In the disclosure, Vodafone laid out the easy procedures that governments use to request information. In some cases, the governments don’t have to make an interception request for the data, and access it directly from Vodafone’s infrastructure. AT&T and Verizon have recently joined others in the US by disclosing information about intelligence requests.

So it should not come as a big surprise to see new research showing that when it comes to privacy, few in the UK believe that their conversation on phones are actually private.

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The OnePoll study found that nine in ten people believe that the government was listening to their phone conversations. The study also found the following:

  • 12 percent of the 1,000 UK respondents believed their mobile calls and texts remained private.
  • 35 percent admitted they were “careful what they say” during a mobile call.
  • 25 percent said they would actively avoiding making a call on a mobile in order to achieve some privacy.
  • 20 percent said it was “okay” to listen to the general public’s phone chatter

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Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    And the amount of security cameras in UK is ridiculous BTW

    • Rob Triggs

      You’re on film every time you hop on the bus in London. On the plus side, at least you get to watch yourself on the little TV screens they have in there.

      • MasterMuffin

        I don’t like it at all, gives me a V for Vendetta feeling :D

    • Adon

      LONDON,takes the cake. every second,360% ,camera/eyes (and ears LOL) everywhere you go. Even in public restrooms,behind mirrors etc.

  • Thomas Hickey

    Wait why do 29% of the 1,000 UK respondents trust the US government with their data but the UK government isn’t even on the list. Are those info-graphics meant to be in an article about the UK?

  • George Av

    So my phone is tapped.. So what? I chose to use it. I live in the UK, there’s a security camera everywhere! you probaly can’t even kill a bug with the around of camera in London without someone somewhere noticing. This is reality. If you want privacy, living in populated areas isn’t going to give you that. Go move somewhere rural and don’t use electronic devices if you want your stuff to be private.

    Go back to the old fashioned way and send a letter to speak to someone and go out and meet people.

  • Guest123

    And 22% are wrong.

    • Jayfeather787

      88+22=110

      • MasterMuffin

        In school he thought the teacher said “Do meth”

    • George Av

      Did you miss out on maths at school or something?

  • Jayfeather787

    100% of U.S. residents know their phones are tapped.

  • Teic

    Welcome to reality…

  • Yaritza Miranda

    My Led Lampen is not