Yes and No. How we use them to protect your privacy and freedom of expression
Let's start with data protection - which is a part of privacy and regards the protection of your personal data. There are strict rules about how we should look after the different forms of personal data you entrust to us. These include how we process and store it, how we keep it up to date, provide you with access to it when needed and how we ensure your data is only used for the purpose agreed. Here the answer is yes - we follow rules like these constantly, and are now converting to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
But increasingly the police are demanding access to your mobile phone data to catch criminals. Do we say yes? Or no? The Tele2 policy is to follow the law - but not without standing up for you right first. So without a legal warrant, the answer is likely no.
Fair rules for everyone
The current legal privacy framework can't keep up with the digital reality we are living in - and it's hard to understand. So now we're working to affect the forthcoming E-privacy directive. We believe there should be one set of hard rules for everyone, and that you should receive the same level of protection regardless of technology or type of service provider they use. We want it to better protect the confidentiality of your communication and to build trust. But we want to keep it simple and understandable (so no more rules than necessary). In this way we hope it will be easier to protect your privacy and freedom - no matter what technology you use.
We always try to do the right thing.
Unless we think it's wrong
Protecting your freedom of expression is also something we think carefully about. As mobile networks can be used to carry out both acts of terror and live saving measures, we can occasionally find ourselves in tough situations. For example, when country leaders want to intercept or even shutdown the network. Supposing that we might have the power to resist such actions, moments like these demand insight and sound moral judgement. We can't always get it right, but you should know we will always try to protect human rights.
Big brother is listening to far too many of you
We think too much call data is being accessed by the authorities in Europe today. And this is just one of the things we are trying to change by challening the authorities wherever we can.
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