Communications Authority of Kenya denies phone spying claims

Technology has brought great advances and conveniences, but it also comes with the cost of privacy. Government spies can take total control of your smartphone to look at your browser history, see emails and texts and listen to spying

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has denied plans to use the yet to be installed Device Management System to carry out phone spying on its users after various media platforms reported so. According to the CA, the Device Management System (DMS), which comes into effect on 21 February, will be able to detect counterfeit devices in the country and stop SIM Box technology which is illegal in Kenya.

However, reports in local mainstream media suggest that the system will be able to tap into user’s information and the government will have the power to carru out phone spying on subscribers.

TechMoran reports that the DMS is the second phase of the system in order to manage the menace of counterfeit devices.  CA added that the system is being deployed in close consultation with the local mobile network operators. Contrary to the claims raised through COFEK, the implementation of the system is being coordinated by a team that has the involvement of the mobile network operators, CA and other relevant government agencies.

According to the Director General at CA, the proliferation of counterfeit devices, often illegally imported and acquired by the public, presents a serious challenge to mobile networks and subscribers. Besides compromising the optimization of mobile networks, such illegal devices degrade the quality of service available to users.  The use of counterfeit devices poses a great security threat, because such devices do not provide for effective identification or traceability of network transactions/users. The DMS aims to end that.



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