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14 May 2019

Lucie Krahulcova & Peter Micek, Access Now

Access Now calls for government action to address threats by surveillance technology

"Time to update your WhatsApp (and your surveillance laws)", 13th of May 2019

We remain extremely concerned about the lack of government action to address the threats posed by surveillance technologies to civil society actors across the globe.

This latest security threat put the privacy and security of WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users at risk, and should convince all large platforms and their investors of the need to encourage disclosure of security vulnerabilities, to share security information with civil society in a timely fashion, and to collaborate with private and public stakeholders to bring accountability and transparency to the surveillance trade. Until governments step up though, we will likely see more victims targeted with impunity by this toxic industry...


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