Policies of telecommunication companies in Egypt lack privacy and data protection measures

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) published a report that posits the question of whether telecommunication companies in Egypt protect the privacy of their customers. To address this question, four major operators on the Egyptian market: Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat, and Telecom Egypt were investigated. The key findings showed that the four telecommunication companies have not adopted mechanisms or obligations to protect the huge amount of personal data that they have, nor do they restrict their disclosure. Moreover, they retain this data indefinitely without informing their users about how their data is being used.