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Bahrain

In the media
Publisher: 
International Business Times
Publication date: 
28-Aug-2013
Author(s): 
Alfred Joyner
Original story link: 

Privacy International, a London-based charity which is concerned about Dr Shehabi's safety and the sale of the Finfisher software to intolerant regimes, has now filed a complaint against British HM revenue & customs.

"We recently filed for judicial review of HMRC's refusal to disclose any information to us on whether or not they are investigating a company called Gamma International. Gamma International is a UK company that has developed and is selling a product called FinFisher. FinFisher is malicious software that once it's installed on your computer or mobile phone your every movement online can be tracked," explained Alinda Vermeer, legal advisor at Privacy International.

In the media
Publisher: 
Financial Times
Publication date: 
01-Jul-2013
Author(s): 
Chris Bryant
Original story link: 

Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, says: “Lawful interception can only happen when there is the rule of law. [The export of] arms, weapons, bulletproof vests – even flares – are controlled. But surveillance equipment is not. And in the wrong hands this technology is just a dangerous,” he says. “No government has taken anywhere close to the steps required to control it.”

In the media
Publisher: 
TechWeek Europe
Publication date: 
28-Jun-2013
Author(s): 
Tom Brewster
Original story link: 

"We welcome the court’s decision, and look forward to asking the court to force HMRC to make a fresh decision and disclose what steps, if any, they are taking to hold surveillance companies to account for potentially illegal exports,” said Eric King, head of research at Privacy International.

In the media
Publisher: 
iDigitalTimes
Publication date: 
25-Jun-2013
Author(s): 
Vanilla Sharma
Original story link: 

On the other hand, Gamma International maintains that when it sold the spyware system to Bahrain, it hadn’t formulated a human rights policy and that it would not intentionally supply those spyware systems that would hamper the civil rights of the society, according to Privacy International.

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In an encouraging first response to our complaint against surveillance company Gamma International (Gamma), the UK National Contact Point (NCP) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced that it will further investigate our claim against Gamma, as the evidence submitted appears to substantiate our allegations.

Press release

A complaint filed with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against Gamma International, a UK-based company accused of selling surveillance spyware for governments, will proceed and has been accepted for consideration, the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD announced.

The decision by the NCP is instrumental in the ongoing campaign to hold surveillance companies accountable for their products and the potential enabling of governments to commit human rights abuses. Privacy International, with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Bahrain Watch and Reporters without Borders, filed formal complaints in February against Gamma International in the UK and Trovicor in Germany, arguing that Gamma and Trovicor breached a nearly a dozen recommendations from the OECD Guidelines, all of which concern human rights.

In the media
Publisher: 
BBC South
Publication date: 
28-May-2013
Author(s): 
Rob Powell
Original story link: 

One activist who took part in the protests says she was targeted with surveillance software, or spyware, created by Andover-based Gamma International. The company has denied breaking any UK export laws. Now a legal challenge by Privacy International may force the government to reveal the extent of its investigations into the company.

In the media
Publisher: 
4 News
Publication date: 
25-May-2013
Author(s): 
Fatima Manji
Original story link: 

Finspy, UK-developed software that spies on computers and how they're used, has allegedly been sold to Bahrain - a regime accused of human rights abuses by pro-democracy campaigners.

In the media
Publisher: 
Huffington Post Live
Publication date: 
21-May-2013
Original story link: 

A new report finds that spy technology from a UK-based company was used to target a British citizen who became a leading light in Bahrain's Arab spring. Why is technology produced in Western democracies used to suppress democracy activists abroad? Eric King, Head of Research at Privacy International, joins HuffPo Live to discuss.

In the media
Publisher: 
RT
Publication date: 
12-May-2013
Original story link: 

The campaign group Privacy International (PI) in November reported that Gamma International is selling surveillance technology without a proper license.

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