Nokia-Siemens Spy Tools Aid Police Torture in Bahrain | Threat Level | Wired.com
Spy tools sold and maintained by German communications and engineering giants Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks are being used by authorities in Bahrain to aid in their interrogation and torture of human rights activists, according to Bloomberg.
The systems are currently sold and installed by Trovicor, a business whose activities initially began in 1993 as a unit of Siemens’ voice- and data-recording division. In 2007, the unit became part of Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Siemens and Finland’s Nokia Oyj. In March 2009, NSN sold the unit, then known as Intelligence Solutions, to Perusa Partners Fund — in part to distance NSN from the controversial surveillance business and the potential it posed for human rights abuses. Perusa renamed the company Trovicor, though the equipment and most of the workers remained the same as prior to the sale.
In 2009, NSN and Trovicor came under fire after The Wall Street Journal reported that the equipment was used by Iranian authorities to crack down on protesters involved in civil unrest following the country’s disputed presidential elections. An NSN spokesman defended the sale of the equipment to Iran at the time, saying the company provided the technology for “lawful intercept” purposes, such as combating terrorism, child pornography, drug trafficking and other criminal activity.
The news prompted hearings in the European Parliament as well as a “No to Nokia” consumer boycott campaign.
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