Privacy International highlights surveillance industry role spying on citizens in Central Asia

 

In November 2014, Privacy International released its report "Private Interests: Monitoring Central Asia".  The report alleges that firms headquartered in the US, Israel and elsewhere supply sophisticated surveillance technology to Central Asian nations with records of widespread human rights abuses, giving state security services the power to monitor the communications of ordinary citizens.

The report includes Privacy International's correspondence with the companies named (see Annex).  If any company featured in the report would like to submit a further response for us to include here on our website they are welcome to do so.

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20 November 2014

Privacy International uncovers widespread surveillance throughout Central Asia, exposes role of Israeli companies

Author: Privacy International

Governments across Central Asia have deployed advanced surveillance systems, including monitoring centres capable of spying on an entire country's communications, according to a new investigative report published today by Privacy International.

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20 November 2014

U.S., Israeli companies supply spy gear to repressive regimes, report says

Author: Craig Timberg, Washington Post

U.S. and Israeli companies are supplying sophisticated surveillance technology to Central Asian nations with records of widespread human rights abuses, giving state security services virtually unchecked power to monitor the communications of ordinary citizens, according to a new report by Privacy International.

...The report relies largely on confidential sources and documents, so the findings are difficult to independently verify. Efforts to reach representatives of the countries and some of the companies named in the report, including Verint and Netronome, were unsuccessful. Nice issued a statement: “NICE Systems sells its solutions only to nations with which the State of Israel allows trade relations. NICE is not in a position to provide additional comment on its relationships with actual or possible customers."...

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