Newbury's Vodafone linked to GCHQ spying allegations

Vodafone's headquarters are at Newbury in Berkshire Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Documents said to have been leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden apparently show that a number of telecoms companies allowed GCHQ access to undersea cables which carry their phone and internet traffic, allowing them to see details of customers' phone calls and email conversations.

Vodafone and BT, and US-based Verizon, were revealed by Germany's Suddeutsche newspaper which claimed to have details of a spy programme, codenamed Tempora, which allows GCHQ to tap into fibreoptic cables and store data.

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Vodafone deny spy HQ claims

Berkshire based telecoms giant Vodafone have insisted they do not reveal customers' data unless required by law, in the wake of reports that they handed over information to eavesdropping agency GCHQ. Vodafone's headquarters are in Newbury.