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Privacy International, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association today released twelve Core Legal Principles we believe should be observed by the United States and Canada as they develop their joint border policy.

President Obama and the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper first announced their plans to develop a 'North American Security Perimeter' deal in February 2011. They are expected to unveil the agreement later this week.

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A spokesperson from Privacy International added that whether consumers' privacy is compromised depends on how the software works. It appears that people's faces are detected by video surveillance cameras equipped with computer algorithms, he said, but it is unknown if the information captured is retained, and if so, for how long.

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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.

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“The shock of the Chinese offer was not what they were trying to sell me,” King told The Register. “It was the fact that they were only one of several dozen companies all making the same claims and pushing their own brand of repressive technologies. How many dictatorships did they think I was representing?”

Privacy International will be relaunching their Big Brother Incorporated project, intended to highlight the menace of the new surveillance companies that are trying to profit from the previously dark and secret arts of hackers and signals intelligence agencies alike.

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"The tools revealed in these brochures demonstrate the previously unfathomable power of mass surveillance. It makes phone-hacking look like a schoolboy’s game,’ says Eric King of Privacy International. ‘Some of the most tyrannical regimes in the world are buying the power to monitor the behaviour and communications of every single citizen – and the technology is so effective that they are able to accomplish this with minimal manpower."

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However, Eric King, human rights and technology advisor with Privacy International, said the problem was that surveillance technology was not included in most countries’ export restrictions.

“Governments need to make sure that companies are no longer allowed to sell these products,” he said.

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At 12.45pm today, Wikileaks released hundreds of brochures, presentations, marketing videos and technical specifications exposing the inner workings of the international trade in surveillance technologies. Many of these documents were gathered by PI’s Eric King while undercover at industry-only conferences and trade shows in London, Paris and Washington DC.

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Eric King, of British based Privacy International, condemned Gamma’s behaviour.
He said: ‘The use of this technology represents a huge encroachment on civil rights and could only be justified during the most serious national security investigations’.

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Privacy advocates say manufacturers should be more transparent about their activities. Eric King of the U.K. nonprofit Privacy International said "the complex network of supply chains and subsidiaries involved in this trade allows one after the other to continually pass the buck and abdicate responsibility." Mr. King routinely attends surveillance-industry events to gather information on the trade.

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Privacy International’s Director-General Simon Davies has today written to Prime Minister David Cameron and Creativity Software CEO Richard Lee following revelations that Kingston-based Creativity sold a location-tracking system to Iran.

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Eric King, human rights and technology adviser for Privacy International in London, said companies shouldn’t be allowed to recklessly disregard the potential for harm. “The fact that there may be several degrees of separation between the original seller and the end user does not negate responsibility when products designed to facilitate blanket surveillance of a population are used for exactly that,” King said.

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However, the London based campaign group, Privacy International, said it wants Blue Coat, and its competitors, to face further scrutiny. "Companies that manufacture surveillance technologies that facilitate the scope and levels of intrusion that Blue Coat's does must be aware of the potential havoc their products can wreak," said the group's human rights and technology adviser, Eric King.

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Eric King of Privacy International, a London-based nonprofit group that challenges government surveillance, said the company’s products can enable a government to monitor the Internet activity of large numbers of people... “Hundreds of Western companies are pitching these kinds of surveillance technologies to some of the most authoritarian regimes in the world, turning a blind eye to the ways in which these dangerous technologies are being used to monitor and oppress. Stricter regulation of this trade is desperately needed.”

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Eric King, head of the Big Brother Inc project at Privacy International, a London-based group that tracks the use of surveillance equipment said: ‘In the wrong hands, Blue Coat technology can all too easily be used as a tool of political control. It gives governments the ability to spy on an entire population’s internet activity and to target dissidents, activists and political opponents with ease.’

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Prime Minister David Cameron may not be quite the “pitiless blank-eyed hell wraith” Charlie Brooker portrayed in yesterday’s Guardian, but he does have some pretty frightening ideas about the Internet.

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Privacy International today published documentation that establishes a deliberate cover-up by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of a failure to uphold its responsibility to enforce the Data Protection Act.

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The service claims that "the world-wide-web should be world-wide and not censored in anyway," after which it goes on to highlight its popularity among protesters in Egypt when the government blocked access to Twitter. As the group Privacy International noted on its blog, that sets them up as "supra-legal arbiters of morality" who can choose to cooperate with some government requests and not others. 

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In July, the Government announced a six-month public consultation on proposals to create a compulsory national Identity Card to establish entitlement to benefits and services, including healthcare, welfare benefits, education and public housing. The consultation period ends in January. This event at the LSE will be the only public meeting during the consultation exercise.

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