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Surveillance

2020

22

Jul

German police can access Whatsapp messages whenever it wants, media reports

German security forces can access personal Whatsapp messages of any user even without installing spyware, several German media institutions reported. Deutsche Welle reported by citing articles in WDR and BR media outlets that Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) attains the information of suspects via “Whatsapp Web.” The police have reached contact lists, written and […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Hürriyet , DS

2018

12

Oct

German AfD proposes online portal for students to report teachers who criticize it

A far-right political party in Germany has proposed setting up online portals for students to report teachers who criticize it throughout the country, an idea that some have compared to practices used by the Nazis during World War II, Deutsche Welle reported. While the Alternative For Germany Party (AfD) has announced its plans to launch the […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Newsweek , TRT Haber

13

Aug

Current AfD leader, too, in contact with Germany’s domestic intelligence chief

In addition to the former party leader Petry, current AfD leader Gauland has met with the Hans-Georg Maassen, president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). It was claimed in a recently published book, Inside AfD, by AfD dropout Franziska Schreiber that Maassen met with former AfD […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Welt

07

Aug

Germany’s top domestic spy advised far right xenophobic political party on how to avoid being billed as “extremist”

Hans-Georg Maassen, the president of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), met with former Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Frauke Petry several times in 2015, advising her how to avoid nationwide surveillance of the AfD by the German secret service and having her party designated as “right-wing extremist.” This was revealed […]

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Country: Germany
Source: World Socialist Web Site , Amerika'nın Sesi

02

Aug

Memphis police collected Black Lives Matter activists’ private Facebook posts

Documents newly released by the City of Memphis in response to an ACLU of Tennessee lawsuit reveal how precisely police tracked Black Lives Matter activists on social media in 2016 and 2017. The social media spying was led by the police department’s Office of Homeland Security, a unit created after the September 11, 2001, attacks. The documents include a PowerPoint presentation, […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Appeal

31

Jul

US airport security’s ‘Quiet Skies’ programme tracks passengers

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is facing criticism for secretly tracking Americans on flights, US media report. The “Quiet Skies” programme reportedly uses an unknown algorithm to flag flyers without any criminal record for surveillance on domestic flights. Air marshals tasked with carrying out surveillance have pushed back against the programme, according to US […]

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Country: United States
Source: BBC

27

Jul

German domestic intelligence spies on Turkish NGO

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, considers the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) an organization that is against the constitutional order of Germany and is closely following its movements, a German spy chief said. The German intelligence agency released its yearly report earlier this week. Head […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Daily Sabah , Deutsche Welle

20

Jul

UK using child spies in police operations

British authorities are deploying children as spies in covert policing and security operations, a new UK parliamentary report revealed. Some of the minors tasked with gathering intelligence are under 16, the report by a House of Lords review committee said. The report, published last week, was produced in response to proposals brought forward by government officials to […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Al Jazeera , TRT Haber