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Deutsche Welle
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25-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Ben Knight
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"This story is pretty frightening," Privacy International spokesman Mike Rispoli told DW. "It's extremely remarkable just from a technical standpoint that they have it." On top of this, given that MYSTIC was launched in 2009 and according to the Post "reached full capacity against the first target nation in 2011," we can only guess at the program's reach and power now. "This is news from a few years ago," Rispoli pointed out. "We don't know where they're at right now in terms of capacity."

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In the media
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Channel 4 News
Publication date: 
25-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Geoff White
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Privacy International's Mike Rispoli speaks with Channel 4 News about how shopping centres can track where shoppers go and what shops they visit, through their phones.

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L'Espresso
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25-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Stefania Maurizi
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Neanche un mese fa “l'Espresso” aveva rivelato che “Privacy International” , una delle più rispettate organizzazioni internazionali per la difesa della privacy, aveva scritto al governo italiano per chiedere spiegazioni sulla Hacking Team, dopo che l'azienda era finita sulle cronache internazionali perché il suo trojan aveva preso di mira attivisti e giornalisti di paesi noti per la repressione politica.

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The Hill
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24-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Kate Tummarello and Julian Hattem
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Democratic governments could impose limits on the exports of surveillance technology to prevent the tools from being used to suppress the media and violate human rights, according to a new report. The analysis from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, Britain’s Privacy International and Germany’s Digitale Gesellschaft found that existing export control regulations are out of date and unsuited for modern technology.

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Network World
Publication date: 
24-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Bryan Lunduke
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Richard Tynan, writing for PrivacyInternational.org, recently pointed out that the baseband – the firmware in a cellphone that does the actual "communicate with the cellular network" side of things – in Ubuntu-powered phones will remain closed source (and highly proprietary). ... This is, to say the least, a bummer. And Richard Tynan makes the point that this is a missed opportunity for Canonical to have required an Open Source baseband on the phones that ship with Ubuntu.

In the media
Publisher: 
Firedog Lake
Publication date: 
21-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Jane Hamsher
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According to Dr. Richard Tynan, Technologist with Privacy International, “without the ability of the security community to examine the baseband software of the new Ubuntu Phone, the open-source nature of the remaining element may provide no more assurances than other open-source phone operating systems such as Android.”

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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.

In the media
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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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In the media
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Agora Vox
Publication date: 
05-Mar-2014
Author(s): 
Flaviano Tarducci
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 Privacy International, una ong che combatte per il diritto alla privacy, ha creato un database liberamente accessibile, dove sono elencate 338 aziende con sede nei Paesi occidentali che vendono tecnologie di sorveglianza a Paesi con regimi repressivi che intendono usarle come strumento di controllo politico. Matthew Rice di Privacy International spiega che le società di sorveglianza svolgono marketing e vendita delle più potenti, invasive e pericolose tecnologie di sorveglianza al mondo, mantenendo relazioni con i regimi repressivi ai quali hanno venduto i loro prodotti. Dal suddetto database risulta che nel milanese ci sono almeno 5 società coinvolte direttamente nella vendita di servizi di sorveglianza a governi autoritari: la RCS di Milano; la Digint di Garbagnate Milanese; la Spektra di Busto Arsizio; la Area di Vozzola Ticino e la Hacking Team di Milano.

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In the media
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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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