Vodafone, the world’s second-largest mobile phone carrier behind China Mobile, revealed Friday that in six countries where it does business, the government requires direct access to the telecom’s network, reports ArsTechnica.
Vodafone declined to name those specific countries for legal reasons, reports The Guardian, but noted that nine countries worldwide—including three from the European Union—forbid disclosure of any information related to wiretapping, interception, or surveillance under their own law.
Those countries include Albania, Egypt, Hungary, India, Malta, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, and Turkey.
The disclosure came as part of a 147-page transparency report from the United Kingdom-based telecommunications company, which provides services to 430 million customers across 27 countries.
In America, Verizon and AT&T have published data, but only on their domestic operations. Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Telstra in Australia have also broken ground at home. Vodafone is the first to produce a global survey, notes The Guardian.