KENYAN BATTLES ALLEGED SPYING ON MOBILE PHONES.

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Communication Authority of Kenya headquarters.

BY SAM ALFAN.

A telecommunication company wants the court to overturn orders stopping it from implementing a security system that monitors people communicating with their mobile phones.

Broadband Communication networks Limited asked the court to lift the orders stopping the implementation of Devise Management System gadgets in transmission sites.

The devise monitors all-time use of mobile phones.

According to the project manager Chege Ng’ang’a, fears that the DMS system will spy or eavesdrop on Kenyans mobile phones is unfounded.

There will be no infringement or violation of people’s constitutional rights, he says.

He said that DMS system is not capable of spying on phone calls, SMS and mobile money transactions. “It is a system that will greatly benefit Kenya’s economy by blocking the use of illegal mobile devises, minimizing theft of mobile devises, blocking use of counterfeit mobile devises, stopping sim Boxing and cutting out revenue leakages from mobile operators.”

Broadband communication says that it is losing over Sh1, 000,000 every month when the current injunction order is still operational.

The Manager continues to say that as per the parameters and system requirements Broadband is only in charge of installing and maintaining the system. “After installation the system will be handed over to CAK who will be solely responsible for granting access to the system for maintenance.”

He termed the fears by certain individuals that his system is a spy one is out of malice, ill-conceived or borne of total ignorance of not only the system parameters but also the operational elements of the system.

Justice John Mativo suspended the implementation of the system in February following an application by rights crusader Okiya Omtata.

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