Telenor believes telecommunications is a tool that will benefit the people of Myanmar, providing them with access to communications and a means to exchange views freely. However, we recognise that in Myanmar the focus on the government potentially accessing our data and networks is particularly important during the country’s transition towards more openness and democracy.
In the Telenor Group we have policies on privacy and freedom of expression. They address authorities’ requests for access to data, network shut downs, censorship, sending of information to the public via our networks, among other things. These policies also provide guidance for professional handling and response to authorities’ requests of this nature. We work with peers in the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy and have been active in developing Guiding Principles.