Friday, September 02, 2016

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone - The New York Times

Reminder for Apple customers: now would be a good time to update your iOS/Mac OS devices, if you haven't done so this week

"The company is one of dozens of digital spying outfits that track everything a target does on a smartphone. They aggressively market their services to governments and law enforcement agencies around the world. The industry argues that this spying is necessary to track terrorists, kidnappers and drug lords. The NSO Group’s corporate mission statement is “Make the world a safe place.”

Ten people familiar with the company’s sales, who refused to be identified, said that the NSO Group has a strict internal vetting process to determine who it will sell to. An ethics committee made up of employees and external counsel vets potential customers based on human rights rankings set by the World Bank and other global bodies. And to date, these people all said, NSO has yet to be denied an export license.

But critics note that the company’s spyware has also been used to track journalists and human rights activists."
How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone - The New York Times
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