If you had an account on forum.suprbay.org with at least one post, you do not need to re-register. Your account is still active and your Suprbay username and password will work.

Surveillance Software Company Gamma Found To Have Violated Human Rights; ...
#1
As Techdirt has reported on the increasingly active world of commercial spyware, one name in particular has cropped up several times: Gamma, with its FinFisher suite of spyware products. In October last year, we reported that Privacy International had filed a criminal complaint against the company with the National Cyber Crime Unit of the UK's National Crime Agency. There's no update on that move, but it seems that a parallel action has had more success (pdf):
Quote:British-German surveillance company Gamma has been condemned by a human rights watchdog for its failure to adhere to human rights and due diligence standards, after a two year investigation into the company's sale of surveillance technology to Bahrain.
Here's what Privacy International says was happening in Bahrain:
Quote:The complaint alleged that Gamma sold its notorious FinFisher intrusion software product to Bahrain as early as 2009, after which time it was used by the Bahraini government to violate the human rights of three Bahraini nationals and human rights activists, Ala'a Shehabi, Husain Abdulla and Shehab Hashem.
You're probably wondering what the penalty is if you are found in breach of human rights in this way -- clearly a serious matter. Well, here it is:
Quote:The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s UK National Contact Point (“"CP") concluded today that Gamma International should make changes to its business practices in order to ensure that in the future it respects the human rights of those affected by the surveillance technologies it sells.
Yes, you are told to do better next time. However, looking at things more positively, Privacy International points out:
Quote:Today's decision is the first time that the OECD has found a companies selling surveillance technologies to be in violation of human rights guidelines, and one of the most critical decisions ever issued by the OECD. In it, the NCP sets out in strong terms that Gamma has no human rights policies and due diligence processes that would protect against the abusive use of its products.
In other words, just as with the recent court victories against the UK government over its surveillance activities, what's important here is not so much the punishment -- or lack of it -- as the fact that for the first time a company selling invasive surveillance tools was condemned in this way. At the very least, it puts such companies on notice that they are being watched and will be hauled up before these kind of bodies for public shaming. Well, it's a start.

Follow me @glynmoody on Twitter or identi.ca, and +glynmoody on Google+

Permalink | Comments | Email This Story
[Image: mf.gif]


[Image: rc.img]
[Image: rc.img]
[Image: rc.img]

[Image: a2.img][Image: a2t.img][Image: feed?i=VoRWpd2E7Dc:WQJZR_K4CoA:D7DqB2pKExk][Image: feed?d=c-S6u7MTCTE]
[img]//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techdirt/feed/~4/VoRWpd2E7Dc[/img]

Originally Published: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:52:00 GMT
source
Reply


Possibly Related Threads…
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  2021’s most dangerous software weaknesses Resurgence 0 1,191 Sep 16, 2021, 01:15 am
Last Post: Resurgence
  Google may have run afoul of labor laws for years Resurgence 0 486 Sep 14, 2021, 03:03 am
Last Post: Resurgence
  Over two million web servers still running on vulnerable legacy software Resurgence 0 533 Sep 14, 2021, 02:54 am
Last Post: Resurgence
  2,437 fully vaccinated Americans have died of COVID-19, CDC data shows Resurgence 3 1,357 Sep 14, 2021, 02:48 am
Last Post: Resurgence
  Australia: Surveillance laws give authorities the power to change social media posts Resurgence 0 825 Sep 10, 2021, 02:29 am
Last Post: Resurgence



Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)