How long will the mobile network operators keep their records data?
The conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 still keep coming. There’s a new book on the subject written by Ewan Wilson and Geoff Taylor, the Daily Mail says here. However, GoMo News has just discovered that early efforts by Chinese families to obtain the cellular phone records of travellers on that flight were stomped on by the authorities. Those records could reveal what path the aircraft took from information on which mobile networks the handsets tried to connect to. The danger now is that the MNOs will delete the data as it is now almost three months old.
We’ve just come across a report in the Want China Times which outlines what happened to early requests for information from the MNOs.
According to a report from China’s state newswire Xinhua, the families had “sought answers from telecom companies who have rejected them and said the information is confidential, said Hugh Dunleavy, the commercial director of Malaysia Airlines.”
Confidential? Was Mr Dunleavy under the impression that the families were asking for the content of any voice calls? That information simply isn’t kept by the MNOs.
What their data will show is which mobile networks the aircraft flew over. It would answer the questions of one Chinese young woman who believes she actually had a missed call from her father whilst on the plane.
The other conspiracy theory which we love here at GoMo Towers is the fact that the 20 employees of the Freescale Semiconductor chip company who were on that flight were involved with “a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar system.”
Apparently this gadget is based on Freescale’s KL-03 ARM microcontroller. Oh, and the aircraft was then flown to the American aircraft base on Diego Garcia.
“The last ‘ping’ signal from the aircraft was detected by a satellite in an area near a US naval base on Diego Garcia and Maldives,” the report says.
GoMo, of course, favours the speculation that the aircraft actually flew North not South as Inmarsat insists.