Privacy invasion — Vodafone Spain has become the new NSA

This morning, my colleague surfed over to Daring Fireball on his iPhone, via the Vodafone Spain 4G network. Here’s what he saw — a strange red bar appearing at the top of the screen.

Tapping the bar revealed a Vodafone Spain security slide-over, with a “Service Access” button:

Tapping the Service Access button brings us into the “Vodafone Secure Net” area—completely with the obligatory system error message (it is Vodafone after all)—and providing access to user-adjustable security settings, including file and virus blocks, and the blocking of web pages that Vodafone considers insecure.

Finally, tapping the hamburger menu icon provides access to an area where a user can view their access records.

It’s currently empty—presumably due to the same system error behind the error message on the first screen—but one thing is clear: The intent of the system is to track and record all the websites I visit using my iPhone, and so Vodafone Spain has become the new NSA.

Agree? Disagree? What do you think?

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