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Leave the detective work to the government!

Author: Bununus, Digitalslander [USA], Published on: 28 August 2008

[T]echnology companies…have often been criticised for assisting governments in what many see as unwarranted intrusion…Now…Siemens has gone a step further, developing a complete “surveillance in a box” system called the Intelligence Platform, designed for security services in Europe and Asia. It has already sold the system to 60 countries…According to a document obtained by New Scientist…[i]ncluded within the package is a phone call “monitoring centre”, developed by the joint-venture company Nokia Siemens Networks…Security experts warn that data-fusion technologies tend to produce a huge number of false positives, flagging up perfectly innocent people as suspicious...Nokia Siemens says 90 of the systems are already being used around the world, although it hasn’t specified which countries are using it. A spokesman for the company said, “We implement stringent safeguards to prevent misuse of such systems for unauthorised purposes. In all countries where we operate we do business strictly according to the Nokia Siemens Networks standard code of conduct and UN and EU export regulations.”

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Related companies: Nokia Nokia Networks (part of Nokia) Siemens