Surveillance technology firm Area reportedly plans to exit project enabling Syria to monitor emails

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28 November 2011

Italian Firm Said to Exit Syrian Monitoring Project

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

Area SpA, the Italian company that had been building an Internet surveillance system in Syria, is exiting the project, according to the newspaper la Repubblica, which cited a lawyer for the firm...“The project, suspended for three months, given the lack of improvement in the conditions of the country, will not be completed,” Area’s lawyer, Fabio Ambrosetti, told la Repubblica...Area Chief Executive Officer Andrea Formenti didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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9 November 2011

Syrian Monitoring Project May End as Italy Firm Weighs Options

Author: Vernon Silver and Ben Elgin, Bloomberg

Area SpA, the Italian company building a Syrian surveillance system, is weighing options that may include exiting the deal, according to Chief Executive Officer Andrea Formenti...Area...issued a statement yesterday saying the company does not have, and has never had, any relations with Syrian intelligence agencies or military authorities. It also said there had been no acceleration of the project during the country’s unrest. The statement said the system hasn’t been completed, has never been operational and, as a result, can’t have contributed to any repressive actions. Area won the deal in 2009, long before the current violence, the statement said.

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