Hormuud Telecom resolves dispute with Somali government

Hormuud Telecom resolves dispute with Somali government

Somalian operator Hormuud Telecom revealed its offices and sister company Salam Somali Bank had been raided by government agents, over a data privacy dispute where the government allegedly demanded subscriber information. 

In a translated statement, Hormuud accused Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) of storming its offices on January 14, demanding personal information of subscribers and bank account holders. 

The companies refused, and this resulted in NISA against arresting three members of staff from two separate locations. 

Hormuud said the government’s act was one of “intimidation and suppressive action” and it felt “pressure” in supplying personal customer data. The operator stressed Nisa’s intimidation tactics were a violation of Somali law. 

Horn Observer reported the dispute between both parties has ended after talks yesterday (Jan 17).

A government statement from the Horn Observer stated: “The Somali government is committed to protecting the security and safety of Somali citizens and their property by always following the law.”

The publication reported NISA had arrested staff of Hormuud in the past and closed offices in Mogadishu. 

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