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Police chief to look into Nokia phone spying claims

National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero says that claims Finnish police asked Nokia for user data without warrants must be investigated. The allegations were made in a Helsingin Sanomat report on data leaks from Nokia’s Lumia phones.

Poliisiylijohtaja Mikko Paatero.
National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero. Image: Yle

Helsingin Sanomat reported on Sunday that Nokia’s Lumia devices were the subject of security concerns as they could leak data to the American authorities thanks to the Microsoft software the phones run.

Microsoft co-operates with the National Security Agency (NSA), which has been the subject of extensive claims over data security since former employee Edward Snowden turned whistleblower.

In the same article, HS reported that Nokia had occasionally granted requests for user data made by the Finnish police—without any court order. Paatero told Yle that he is treating the reports cautiously.

"None of the several people I’ve been in contact with today have suggested that anything like this might have happened," said Paatero. "My hope is that when this kind of claim is made, it is explained further later. Vague tips are the worst."

Paatero added that any hint that illegal and undocumented data requests had been made demand an investigation. According to Paatero the investigation cannot progress if his inquiries do not corroborate the claims, unless more information is forthcoming.

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