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Surveillance tools: Not just for spies now

Publisher: 
Washington Times
Publication date: 
05-Dec-2011
Author(s): 
Shaun Waterman
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Privacy International, an advocacy group based in London with which Mr. Soghoian works, and the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks last week published a database of more than 130 companies worldwide that market Internet monitoring, phone interception, computer logging or other surveillance technologies. The database is the fruit of a yearlong investigation during which Privacy International and WikiLeaks investigators infiltrated technology sales conferences and obtained promotional materials...“When it comes to surveillance technology, merely operating within the boundaries of current legislation and regulation is insufficient,” Privacy International spokeswoman Emma Draper said. “The fact these companies are selling what are essentially tools of political control to oppressive regimes with impunity can no longer be tolerated.”