Smartphone SpyReports that the US and UK’s NSA and GCHQ organizations gained access to the encryption keys of SIM chip maker Gemalto has once again underlined the reach and global nature of modern government surveillance.

The manufacturer is a Dutch-French security firm that specializes in encrypted SIM cards meant to protect the privacy of mobile calls and data. Without the code to that encryption, users could be assured that their conversations were being kept secure.

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