Germany exports surveillance technologies to human rights violators

Germany is a major exporter of surveillance technologies and over the past decade the German government has provided German companies with licenses to export surveillance technologies to at least 25 countries, many of which have long histories of human rights abuse. The British-German company Gamma International, is the maker of the FinFisher surveillance toolset. Users typically end up downloading FinFisher unknowingly, just by clicking on a seemingly innocent link or email attachment. Once installed, the tool allows the user to access all stored information and monitor even encrypted communication. Keystrokes can be logged, Skype conversations recorded and cameras and microphones can be activated remotely.

Country: Germany

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: export, leak documents, FinFisher, German government, human rights, tools, privacy, surveillance technologies

Posted on Wednesday 10 September 2014

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