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Most Latin American countries interested in surveillance software

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Most Latin American countries interested in surveillance software

In some cases purchases of the software were made through intermediaries, as certain export restrictions exist for the software in question, created by Italian company Hacking Team. Derechos Digitales, the NGO that conducted the study, points out that although many of the countries concerned have legislation that protects human rights and regulates surveillance, in practice their spying activities are excessive and often aimed at political opposition, activists and dissidents.

Hacking Team involvement with providing surveillance system to authoritarian regimes was unveiled, ironically, following the hack of 400 gigabytes of the company’s documents in July 2015. One of the countries that were assisted by Hacking System was Egypt, whose relationship with Italy has been extremely tense in the last few weeks due to the shocking and mysterious murder of Italian citizen Giulio Regeni in Cairo.

Probably also as a consequence to media criticism connected to this fact, the Italian government has recently revoked Hacking Team its global export license: all sales to more than 46 previous client countries will now need to be authorized one by one. 

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-04-07 11:49

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