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Government ramps up controls on FinSpy surveillance software

Publisher: 
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Publication date: 
09-Sep-2012
Author(s): 
Alice Ross
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But campaign group Privacy International, which lobbied the government for the export control change, points out that it can also be used by abusive regimes to monitor activists and dissidents...

Privacy International has requested more information on when and how the decision to control exports was made, and on the scrutiny that such sales received from the government.

Eric King of Privacy International said the decision was ‘a step in the right direction’, but added: ‘However, without swift further action to bring other unethical British companies under the export licensing regime, it’s just a sticking plaster on a bullet wound. There are also a number of pressing questions about the circumstances surrounding the government’s abrupt volte-face that remain unanswered.’

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