The Central Home Ministry has accused the British based telecom Company with a major presence in India, Vodafone to have secretly shared data of its customers with UK security organization. Home Ministry’s internal security department has made the allegation in a document saying that Vodafone has given unlimited access to UK’s Government Communications Headquarters based in London.
The telecom company’s massive under sea cable network that carries much of the world’s phone and internet communication has one end at London. “GCHQ’s mass tapping operations has been built up over the past five years by attaching intercept probes to the transatlantic cables where they land on British shores,” the home ministry documents claimed. Vodafone is also probably getting paid for its cooperation, alleged the same document. US telecom company Verizon is also accused as a partner in the crime.
Vodafone refuted the allegations saying, “no such concern has been raised with us by the Indian government. We are not disclosing any customer data in any jurisdiction unless – like any other operator – it is legally required to do so.”
Vodafone was recently involved in a tax evasion allegation by the Economic Affairs department just before the Foreign Investments Promotion Board had permitted the restructuring of the company by allowing more investment in the company by its UK mother organization.