DOES THE TELECOM COMPANIES STORE/RECORD THE CALLS AND SMS OF ALL CITIZENS IN NIGERIA.
A fast answer is No! The law enforcement are trying their best to reduce the rampant crimes and fraudulent that are highly masterminded on phones. This has create a big question about the privacy of the citizens’ conversations that are being transmitted through the use of mobile phones.
Does telecom record calls and SMS? Having answered the question in the first paragraph. It’s important to say, that there are no legal requirement for telecom to keep calls and SMS recordings of citizens. (Know how to Top-up Airtime and Internet Data Using Samtechnet)
The legal risks are high and zero economic benefits which requires unnecessary big demand on the the service providers storage space & high investment in data storage and management for more than 24 million phone subscribers. These service providers would need millions more terabytes than they currently have. But, all service providers have the capability to record your conversation if they so wish to. The process is simple and legal and in some some cases for a person of interest in a government investigation.
Meanwhile the regulation of interception of communications act provides for the lawful interception and monitoring of certain communications authorized by warrant. The following people can make an application for lawful interception of any communication.
The Chief of Defense forces
Director General of ESO (External Security Organization)
Director General of ISO (Internal Security Organization)
The IGP (Inspector General of Police)
The rising spate of insecurity seems to be pushing government across the world to seek solutions that question the right to freedom of speech. However, safety seems to be gaining grounds over privacy and it appears to be a worldwide phenomenon.
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