With the recent trial and conviction of popular dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, most Jamaicans were surprised to learn that both network providers (Digicel Jamaica & Lime Jamaica) store records of phone-calls, text messages among other personal information for several years.

According to the Interception of Communication Act, if the police has reasonable grounds that your device has information that can assist them in a criminal investigation, prevent a crime from taking place, or is in the public interest, then a judge can issue a warrant for your phone to be searched and certain information retrieved.

So the question is:

Phone companies across the world

What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.


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