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Dozens of surveillance companies are supplying spyware to governments says Google

Dozens of surveillance companies are providing  spyware technology used by governments around the world to spy on the mobile phones of journalists, human rights defenders, dissidents and political opponents. Google’s Threat Analysis Group has identified and is actively tracking up to 40 companies involved in selling security exploits and surveillance capabilities to  governments with poor human rights records. The trade extends beyond well known spyware companies, like Israel’s NSO Group, Italy’s Cy4Gate and Intellexa in Greece, and includes an extended supply chain of smaller companies which provide surveillance capabilities. Google’s publication of the report coincided with a joint French, and UK initiative, known as the Pall Mall Process, agreed at an international conference at Lancaster House in London, which aspires to introduce safeguards to the use of commercial spyware.

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