President of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) Clyde Elder has said anyone seeking records from TSTT will need to get a court order to do so.
This is in response to attempts by 20-year-old Chelsea Mohammed to have TSTT hand over cellphone records for her missing mother Anita Mohammed.
Elder told Newsday yesterday, he was also seeking information from phone records but was told to get a court document first.
He said the Interception of Communications Act gives the right to go to the courts to get personal records.
“This act is really for wire-tapping, but TSTT is using that same act when people request recorded conversations,” Elder said.
Via a Facebook message, Chelsea called on TSTT to release her mother’s cellphone records in case they could help find out where she may be.
Chelsea said she is convinced her mother’s cellphone contains vital information, but TSTT has denied her request even though she went to them accompanied by two members of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit.
She even presented her passport and her birth certificate to prove she is related to the missing woman.
The frustrated daughter said on social media that her mother has been missing for ten days.
Her post read in part: “Why do I now have to find lawyers to get her call log? Losing my father came as a shock and I lost him instantly. Losing my mother like this is even worse because I have no closure to this whole situation.”
Chelsea said her father died four years ago. Now she fears the worst has happened to her mother.
Mohammed, 45, was last seen driving her black Toyota Hilux Vigo van in Chaguanas last week Wednesday.
On that day, she called her daughter to say she had visited a friend and was going to the supermarket before returning home. The mother of two has not been seen since.
Chelsea says it was unlike her mother not to contact her or her brother Tristan, 19, for so long.
Chelsea Mohammed, 20, daughter of Anita Mohammed is calling on TSTT to release the cellphone records of her missing mother. This, she says, can help in the search for her mother who has been missing for more than a week.
Chelsea, in a Facebook post earlier today, appealed to the State-run telecom company to set aside its policies and help the family. She said she could not afford lawyers to make an official request for the call log.
An excerpt from her post reads: “It's been nine days since she's been gone and I'm at my breaking point. This is a missing person. I made a report and I have proof of being her daughter, I even showed up with two officers of the AKU (Anti-Kidnapping Unit). What more do you need? Why do I now have to find lawyers to get her call log? Losing my father came as a shock and I lost him instantly. Losing my mother like this is even worse because I have no closure to this whole situation.”
Chelsea's father died of a sudden heart attack recently.