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November 5, 2013

Privacy International has filed complaints against U.K. telecom companies

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Privacy International, a U.K. charity founded to fight for privacy rights, filed the complaints after media reports alleging telecom companies, BT, Verizon Enterprise, Vodafone Cable, Viatel, Level 3, and Interoute gave GCHQ access to their fiber optic network via a spying program called Tempora.

Formal complaints have been filed with the U.K. office of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which publishes guidelines for responsible business conduct followed by 44 governments including the U.K.

“Privacy International believes that there are grounds to investigate whether up to a dozen OECD guidelines, pertaining to companies’ responsibilities to respect human rights, including the right to privacy and freedom of expression, were violated,” the group said Tuesday. It said it believes that the telecom companies have violated human rights by enabling the mass and indiscriminate collection of data and interception of communications.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini