Kenya’s high court has ruled illegal plans by the country’s communications authority (CA) to tap citizens’ private phone conversations.
The court said any attempts to listen in on private conversations by Kenyans would violate their consumer rights.
The CA said it’s being forced to snoop on private calls to tackle the increasing threats posed by cybercrime.
Authorities wanted the country’s three leading phone companies to “tap computers on their behalf by planting spy gadgets on all networks,” reported the Daily Nation.
Kenya is one of Africa’s leading telecommunications and ICT markets and is home to the world-renowned M-PESA mobile money transfer platform.