Friday, July 13, 2018

How the US Government Planted 'Spy Phones' on Suspects



That revelation is detailed in a new report from Human Rights Watch, along with a 2015 email that shows that the DEA had expressed interest in using smartphone malware from Italian company Hacking Team to spy on multiple suspects’ locations. Together, they illustrate a potentially chilling practice on the part of the US government to preemptively plant spy devices on suspects. They also shed light on actions by federal law enforcement that aren’t necessarily illegal, but do test the boundaries of surveillance, and potentially subject non-targets to federal snooping.

“If the government is distributing, effectively, bugging devices, without sufficient court oversight and authorization, I think that could really have a chilling effect on free expression, if people feel like they have to assume the risk that any phone they’re handed could have been bugged in a way that would violate their rights,” says Human Rights Watch researcher Sarah St. Vincent.

https://www.wired.com/story/us-government-sold-spy-phones-to-suspects/

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