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Liberians Phone Lines Tapped Into, LTA Outraged

Courtesy:  Heritage

Monrovia– The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) says its attention is drawn to a Wednesday, October 19th publication in the Independent and Inquirer newspapers, alleging that one of Liberia’s GSM Service Providers, Lonestar Communications Corporation, is tapping the personal cell phones of certain media practitioners and other individuals in the country for the purpose of listening in on their conversations.

In a press release issued in Monrovia, the LTA said, while the accusation is yet to be verified, it considers the matter as grave, as the tapping of subscriber lines is a contravention of the Telecom Act of 2007 which guarantees the privacy and rights of consumers to seamlessly communicate without any interference.

The LTA notes that no service provider has the right to monitor subscribers’ communication in the absence of authorization from the Circuit Court on evidence that a subscriber is engaged in subversive activity according to Section 71 (2) of the Telecom Act of 2007.

“Accordingly, the LTA will continue to take this matter very seriously and if any service provider or individuals found to be engaged in wire tapping of customers’ communication, the LTA will take effective and appropriate action against such individual or service provider in accordance with the telecommunications Act of 2007,” the press release added.

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