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Nokia Siemens Networks Press Statement: Telecoms and Human Rights

Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

An article from Bloomberg published on 23 August 2011 has linked technology, supplied by a business that was part of Nokia Siemens Networks between April 2007 and March 2009, with human rights abuses in Bahrain. The article alleges that a monitoring center was supplied by a Siemens business that subsequently became part of Nokia Siemens Networks when it was formed in 2007. Nokia Siemens Networks subsequently divested this monitoring center business in March 2009 and no longer provides this technology to any country.

Torture in Bahrain becomes routine with help from Nokia Siemens

Source: Bloomberg

Computers loaded with Western-made surveillance software generated the transcripts wielded in the interrogations described by Al Khanjar and scores of other detainees whose similar treatment was tracked by rights activists, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its October issue. The spy gear in Bahrain was sold by Siemens AG (SIE), and maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks and NSN’s divested unit, Trovicor GmbH, according to two people whose positions at the companies gave them direct knowledge of the installations. Both requested anonymity because they have signed nondisclosure agreements. The sale and maintenance contracts were also confirmed by Ben Roome, a Nokia Siemens spokesman based in Farnborough, England.

Nokia and RIM face India ban following government demand to monitor email traffic

“India’s telecom authorities have reportedly been instructed to ban operators from offering Nokia’s push email services until a system for monitoring its data has been established. The country’s Ministry of Home Affairs has asked that the Department of Telecom instruct “Telecom Service Providers not to launch Nokia’s proposed pushmail/powermail service without putting in place monitoring facilities.”

India represents a key market for Nokia, so a ban on its services would be a severe blow. Nokia maintains that local security agencies in India are able to keep check on its enterprise email services via servers that it has established. The country’s authorities are moving to shut down any telecommunications services that they cannot access in order to scrutinise. Following a similar situation in the UAE, RIM’s BlackBerry services have also been threatened with suspension.”

From Developing Telecoms