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The New Yorker
Publication date: 
12-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Joshua Kopstein
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The other week, Privacy International, a U.K.-based human-rights organization, filed a criminal complaint on Kersmo’s behalf, making him the first U.K. resident to challenge the use of hacking tools by a foreign power. “This case would be important to all refugees who end up in countries where they think they are safe,” Alinda Vermeer, a lawyer with Privacy International, who filed Kersmo’s complaint, told me in a phone interview. That sense of safety is illusory, she said, because countries armed with tools like FinSpy insure that refugees “can be spied on in an equally intrusive way as they were back at home.” Worse, the surveillance also reveals with whom the victims have been communicating, potentially endangering the lives of contacts and relatives still residing in their home country.

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Bloomberg
Publication date: 
10-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Vernon Silver
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Gus Hosein, executive director of Privacy International in London, says the incident shows how the push for enhanced passport data hasn’t paid off. “It’s not just that the trade-off wasn’t worth it—the proponents of this policy were short-sighted and wanted to play with new technologies while building national biometric databases,” says Hosein, whose group advocates against government intrusions into private life, including the broadening use of biometrics such as iris scans and other measurements of peoples’ features.

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The Post Internazionale
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04-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Anna Ditta
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Queste scoperte hanno suscitato a livello internazionale richieste di regolamentazione delle aziende che, come Hacking Team, producono software di sorveglianza. Da ultimo, l’associazione internazionale per la tutela del diritto alla riservatezza, Privacy International, ha inviato ieri una lettera al ministro per lo sviluppo economico, Federica Guidi, chiedendo che il governo italiano faccia chiarezza sull’azienda milanese e stabilisca un efficace sistema di licenze per l’esportazione di questi software. L’organizzazione ha scritto inoltre al presidente della regione Lombardia, Roberto Maroni, perché faccia chiarezza sui soldi che nel 2007 Hacking Team ha ricevuto - 1,5 milioni di euro forniti da due fondi di venture capital, uno dei quali è “Finlombarda Gestioni Sgr”, che ha un unico azionista, “Finlombarda SpA”, cioè la finanziaria per lo sviluppo della regione Lombardia.

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Radio Popolare
Publication date: 
04-Mar-2014
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Privacy International, one of the most respected and important organisations in the world that defend the right to privacy, wrote two letters including to the Minister and to President of Lombardy asking Roberto Maroni as to why they are financing Hacking Team.

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SC Magazine
Publication date: 
03-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Doug Drinkwater
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The Don't Spy On Us Campaign, a coalition between UK and international civil liberties groups – including Privacy International and Big Brother Watched, welcomed the talk.

“The Don't Spy on Us campaign welcomes the speech by Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper and her calls for reform of the oversight and legal frameworks for surveillance," the group wrote on its website. "She is right to contrast the strength of the political debate in the US with the very muted reaction here in the UK, even though GCHQ has engaged in the very same mass population surveillance as the NSA.

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Wired Italy
Publication date: 
03-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Carola Frediani
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Hacking Team ancora nel mirino degli attivisti per i diritti digitali. A pochi giorni di distanza dal rapporto di Citizen Lab (dato in anteprima su Wired.it) che mappava l’infrastruttura nascosta di server governativi che utilizzerebbero il software dell’azienda milanese per intercettare tutte le comunicazioni dei loro target, arriva ora una campagna lanciata da Privacy International. Quest’ultima è una nota Ong internazionale, con sede in Gran Bretagna, da tempo impegnata a difendere la privacy dei cittadini dall’ingerenza di Stati e dall’industria globale della sorveglianza (di alcune aziende italiane del settore abbiamo scritto qui).

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L'Espresso
Publication date: 
03-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Stefania Maurizi
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Ora, però, a muoversi è una delle più importanti e rispettate organizzazioni del mondo per la difesa della privacy. Si chiama “Privacy International” (PI), appunto, e ha sede a Londra. PI ha appena inviato una lettera al ministro Federica Guidi, a capo dello Sviluppo economico del governo Renzi, e al presidente della regione Lombardia, Roberto Maroni, per chiedere spiegazioni sull'azienda milanese (la lettera è disponibile qui).

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BBC World Service
Publication date: 
28-Feb-2014
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Gus Hosein and Anna Crowe speak with BBC World Service on the past, and future, of privacy.

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Vice Motherboard
Publication date: 
27-Feb-2014
Author(s): 
Joseph Cox
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When it comes to new technologies such as facial recognition, there really are no meaningful protections in place. Carly Nyst from Privacy International agrees: “Without clear and strict regulation of the use of facial recognition and fingerprint technology, it is very difficult to ensure that individuals' privacy will be protected,” she told me.

Nyst was also worried about “mission creep,” where we could see “the use of such technologies away from serious crime detection, and instead towards basic policing (using it to track down traffic rules violators, for example); use by local authorities (for parking tickets and other fines); and even use by taxation authorities to identify evaders.”

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Publisher: 
The Guardian
Publication date: 
27-Feb-2014
Author(s): 
Matthew Taylor
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Carly Nyst, Privacy International's legal director, said the revelation underlined the importance of democratic societies being able to limit the activities of intelligence agencies.

"Today we've found out that the way we now use technology to stay in touch with friends, family and loved ones means many of our most private thoughts and experiences are available for viewing by GCHQ. How can collecting and storing these intimate moments possibly help protect national security?

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