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Blue Coat Caught Up In Global Surveillance Storm Again

Publisher: 
TechWeek Europe
Publication date: 
16-Jan-2013
Author(s): 
Tom Brewster
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Privacy International has pursued the case, calling on the UK government to look into whether Gamma had broken the law, but selling into nations such as Bahrain and Egypt.

“Governments should be controlling exports of all products that can be used in abusive surveillance practices – even those that also have perfectly legitimate alternative uses,” Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, told TechWeekEurope today.

“Export licences are granted on a case-by-case basis and hundreds of ‘dual-use’ products are already controlled, so preventing technologies like BlueCoat’s being sold to repressive foreign regimes, regimes that are renowned for their casual disregard for the fundamental rights and freedoms of their citizens, should not be so difficult.”