Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has reacted to allegations that it has cooperated with authoritarian governments by announcing plans to overhaul its privacy and freedom of expression commitments in the Eurasia region.
The company’s chief executive officer and president, Lars Nyberg, said charges that TeliaSonera recently breached human rights had affected him deeply, saying: “By continuing to develop our change programme I want to show that we take this issue very seriously and want to be leading in this field.”
Mr Nyberg said that at group level, the company plans to take a number of actions to address the human rights accusations directed at it, to ensure that any operational decisions it takes “truly are in line with laws and regulations”.
It intends to engage with local authorities and use diplomatic channels to question or appeal decisions made in individual regions if they are considered to be at odds with human rights laws.
Mr Nyberg emphasised that it is “group management who takes responsibility” from now on.
TeliaSonera is also set to work alongside the Danish Institute for Human Rights and intends to carry out human rights impact assessments on certain countries.