Engadget: Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes

Engadget: Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes. “Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The Intercept claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, planned to sell social media surveillance tools to governments still known for suppressing free speech, including Tunisia and the UAE. Circinus’ tools harvest sites like Facebook and Twitter in a bid to find and identify ‘detractors’ — that is, political dissidents. While the software only sifts through public data, it’s likely this information would be used to punish critics who could otherwise count on a degree of anonymity.”

Hurriyet Daily News: ‘Anti-cybercrime department’ monitors 45 million social media users in Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News: ‘Anti-cybercrime department’ monitors 45 million social media users in Turkey. “The Turkish National Police’s ‘anti-cybercrimes department’ is surveilling the around 45 million social media users in the country to monitor possible criminal activity committed through the internet. The department authorities told daily Hürriyet that online prostitution, drugs and illegal betting are the most committed crimes through social media platforms, followed by ‘insulting state authorities.’ The department has established a special desk dedicated to the latter, amid a flurry of cases opened in recent years in relation to ‘insulting’ President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”