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UK ‘exporting surveillance technology to repressive nations’

Posted By admin On April 8, 2012 @ 4:32 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Jamie Doward
London Observer [1]
April 8, 2012

Fears that software similar to that which government wants to use in Britain is being sold to monitor dissidents abroad

Britain is exporting surveillance technology to countries run by repressive regimes, sparking fears it is being used to track political dissidents and activists.

The UK’s enthusiastic role in the burgeoning but unregulated surveillance market is becoming an urgent concern for human rights groups, who want the government to ensure that exports are regulated in a similar way to arms.

Much of the technology, which allows regimes to monitor internet traffic, mobile phone calls and text messages, is similar to that which the government has controversially signalled it wants to use in the UK [2].

The campaign group, Privacy International, which monitors the use of surveillance technology, claims equipment being exported includes devices known as “IMSI catchers” that masquerade as normal mobile phone masts and identify phone users and malware – software that can allow its operator to control a target’s computer, while allowing the interception to remain undetected.

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[1] London Observer: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/07/uk-exporting-surveillance-technology-to-repressive-nations/

[2] signalled it wants to use in the UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/02/internet-companies-warn-government-email-surveillance

[3] CMPD plans to re-deploy DNC surveillance cameras and technology: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cmpd-plans-to-re-deploy-dnc-surveillance-cameras-and-technology.html

[4] Syria Using U.S. Made Web Surveillance and Censorship Systems: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syria-using-u-s-made-web-surveillance-and-censorship-systems.html

[5] ‘Creepy’ Path Intelligence retail technology tracks shoppers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/creepy-path-intelligence-retail-technology-tracks-shoppers.html

[6] Iowa City Moves to Ban Surveillance Technology Tools: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iowa-city-moves-to-ban-surveillance-technology-tools.html

[7] Petition: We Demand Surveillance Technology in Congress and White House: http://www.prisonplanet.com/petition-we-demand-surveillance-technology-in-congress-and-white-house.html

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