Econet Challenges Police Search Warranty On Customers’ Information

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless has on Monday filed an urgent court application challenging a July 17 search warrant obtained by police to look on the information of Econet’s customers to check on possible ‘Money Laundering’.

Econet says it is unlawful and violates the privacy rights of the company and its 11.4 million subscribers.

Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni, in an affidavit filed at the High Court, said the police warrant mentioned Econet “merchants, billers and agents”, yet they only had “subscribers and customers” for their mobile phone services.

The warrant requires Econet to, within seven days, hand over a list of its mobile money transactions and subscribers to the authorities.

More here: Zimlive

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