Britain Sued for Selling Surveillance TechniquesAdded: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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The government of the United Kingdom seems to be in hot water with Privacy International which is suing the country for selling snooping technology to such states as Syria, Iran and Egypt.
According to the privacy watchdog, the British government allowed snooping technology to be exported to repressive foreign regimes, including Iran. Indeed, for a while now privacy outfits have been wondering how this country got its paws on some natty software to spy on its people. The watchdog claimed in 2011 that Creativity Software was selling a location-tracking system to Iran.
Later there were reports that Gamma International was also selling "FinSpy" technology to the now-fallen Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak, which was used to hack into people’s email accounts or simply take full control of their PCs.
Privacy International has written a letter to Vince Cable, secretary of state for business innovation and skills. In the letter it asked the government to amend the rules letting this technology to be exported without any troubles.
The watchdog complained that the controls haven’t kept pace with the way the market and the technology have shifted – they were concerned that the FinFisher range of technologies and other surveillance equipment has legal uses where export controls are unnecessary.
It seems that the government will be given a fortnight to take action and update the list of products that require check before export or the watchdog will file for judicial review and seek an injunction.
Media reports add that representative of a Privacy International claimed the body fully expected to go to court, because it was unlikely that the government would take action.
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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
|posted by (2012-07-31 20:43:12)|
|Thanks Sam. This is like when we were selling 100000 volt Cattle-prods to Morocco and other African countries, so they could use them on people !! No real evil ever happens without the governments knowledge or participation.....Someone is getting richer, back handers to ministers... dodgy export certificates...but none of our MP's are corrupt....are they chaps No, they all are the paragons of virtue and truth they should be......ha ha ha ha ha......I forgot to take my tablets...help...they are coming to get me !|
|posted by (2012-08-01 02:52:29)|
|the people who are in charge for this should be hung for treason but as there government officials there get a slapped wrist ...disgrace this country is ..its becoming one big joke after another..|
|Makes me laugh that privacy watchdogs would sue a country for selling surveillance technology to foreign powers but is not sueing Microsoft for selling phones worldwide with their operating system tracking and recording spy-ware inbuilt and recording data without the ability to delete the data or turn it off being available as was the case brought before me with an HTC phone running windows 5.5 O/S whereby the phone was recording the coming and goings of the owner and leaving a .xml of all recorded locations on said phone,contacts etc and the owner could not turn it off or delete it from doing so,cannot think of a more personal invasion of privacy.|
@Embolism I think the big difference is you make the decision to buy the MS phone and probably agree to the tracking when you sign the contract. Whereas the people of Iran and other listed countries have no clue the tracking/hacking is going on. But a very good point.
|You can always tell when a politician is lying. His lips move...|
|yes conmac863 it is under the Microsoft agreement that they can do what they will with their operating systems whether in PC`s or phones although they don`t say that spyware is mandatory and to put it in it`s operating systems is why the French government went all Linux a few years ago,saving themselves millions in costs buying MS operating systems.|
|A wise man once said:To hack windows the user only needs to sit down and turn on his machine,to hack Linux takes a lot longer and know how.|
|posted by (2012-08-02 12:45:13)|
|ok so keep selling them bombs to blow shit up but dont let them be nosey|
|posted by (2012-08-10 18:33:44)|
|"A wise man once said:To hack windows the user only needs to sit down and turn on his machine,to hack Linux takes a lot longer and know how."|
If you can sit down at it, linux can be hacked in same amount of time. Aside from "takes a lot longer", the statement is still true for Windows, "..takes.. know how".
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