A new Privacy International report has revealed how Western technology companies turned a profit from building up the Syrian surveillance state. But their governments are also dependent on these businesses.

Frank Herrmann, a privacy spokesman for the Pirate Party, was unsurprised by the new revelations. „Basically it’s not unknown, and likely, that Western surveillance companies are doing business in the entire Middle East,“ he told DW wearily.

more at Deutsche Welle: How German surveillance firms helped Assad regime in Syria

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