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Text Provider Mitto Faces Swiss Probe Over Phone-Monitoring Report

  • Mitto AG executive allegedly ran secret surveillance service
  • Inquiry follows investigative report by Bloomberg News
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Switzerland’s federal data protection and information commissioner opened an investigation focusing on a company in which an executive allegedly operated a service that helped governments secretly monitor mobile phones.

Mitto AG is a provider of automated text messages that has counted Google, Twitter, and Microsoft’s LinkedIn among its many customers. But a Bloomberg News investigation, carried out in collaboration with the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, reported on Monday that the company’s co-founder and chief operating officer, Ilja Gorelik, was also providing another service: selling access to Mitto’s networks to secretly locate people via their mobile phones.