Israel's defense establishment will be able to monitor soldiers' phone conversations, according to a new agreement between the army and cellular service provider Cellcom.
The Defense Ministry and the IDF will also receive records of soldiers' calls free of charge from the company.
Cellcom won a recent tender to provide cellular phone services to the defense establishment. Its services will replace those of Mirs, the army's previous provider.
According to the army's contract with Cellcom, which has been attained by Haaretz, the company will install a system in two separate locations allowing the IDF to "manage, view and produce a list of calls by subscribers of the defense establishment/IDF."
In addition, authorized Defense Ministry and IDF representatives, including information security officers and Military Police investigators, will be able to activate the system and view data about the identity of callers and call times.
According to the contract, the IDF has purchased a system which allows it to tap into cellular providers' systems, access call records and listen in on calls. In the contract, Cellcom promises to connect the company's systems to the army's system.
Following the army's switch to Cellcom, most of the cellular phones carried by career soldiers will be replaced with smartphones. However, according to the agreement, Cellcom will also provide the IDF with phones without cameras, voice recorders or WIFI connection capabilities.
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