Privacy News Online frequently writes about surveillance conducted by governments on their populations, or by companies on their users. Less well-known is the connection between governments that wish to spy and the companies that provide the means to do so. Within most Western nations, there are various ways to find out the names of suppliers to governments – for example, using local transparency requirements, or freedom of information laws. But there is a far murkier world involving suppliers of surveillance tools to countries that lack robust protection of human rights.
One country that is happy to export its digital surveillance