Sunday, November 08, 2009

German Big Brother Award - Companies & Privacy

Each year a committed of privacy experts determines the companies that have actively profited and supported the privacy breaches (so called legal ones or border line ones). This year, according to Heise Online, the price for the worst offender actually went to not only one company but a large number of companies:

- Quante Netzwerke for the development and sale of programs that allow for storage of network information of Internet users also known as "Lawful Interception".

- Utimaco Safeware for its "Data Retention Suite".

- Datakom-subsidiary GTEN for its outstanding work in eavesdropping technology.

- Syborg a company specialized in telephone recording and analysis.

- DigiTask for the development of a Trojan (malicious code) that can be used to eavesdrop on Skype conversations.

- Secunet because of selling/providing their "Sina-Box" to each telecom recording facility that the German government has in place.

- Cisco for its excellent work in deep packet inspection that allows for continued monitoring of information even with increasing Internet traffic.

- Trovicor, a Spin-Off from Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), which delivered surveillance software to the Iran.

Read more: German Big Brother Awards(English)

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