As Myanmar Junta Extends Control Over Telcos, Surveillance And Privacy Risks Increase
As Myanmar Junta Extends Control Over Telcos, Surveillance And Privacy Risks IncreaseNorway’s Telenor is obligated to mitigate the human rights risks of its sale to local operators before the telco imminently changes hands and passes on the private information of millions of people in Myanmar to a military-linked operator, Shwe Byain Phyu Group.
“It is clear the military wants control over Telenor’s Myanmar private customer data through proxy ownership,” said Dhevy Sivaprakasam, Asia Pacific Policy Counsel at Access Now.
This decision was not made public, but is a clear indicator that the Myanmar military is continuing to tighten control of the country’s telecommunications.
The risk of surveillance and the abuse of people’s privacy are extreme, and all actors in the telecom sector in Myanmar must urgently act to enforce data protection and privacy safeguards.
It can be assumed these providers, and a fourth, Ooredoo, have activated intercept surveillance technology in compliance with junta orders after Telenor revealed they had been “continually pressured” to do so.
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