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EUROPE'S GOVERNMETNTS WIN THE " BIG BROTHER AWARDS 2017" FOR OPENING THE PANDORA'S BOX OF SURVEILLANCE
On Friday 13 October, the annual Belgian Big Brother Awards – a negative prize for the worst privacy abuser of the year – took place in Brussels. The jury awarded the European trend of state hacking, European Digital Right’s (EDRi) nomination, the title of the ultimate privacy villain. The public voted Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras as their “favourite”. State hacking has rapidly become a very powerful tool for intelligence services in recent years. Europe’s governments have been expanding the possibilities of states spying on their own citizens and pushed the fashion of “insecurity by design”. In 2017, the Belgian government followed this trend and adopted legislation that gives law enforcement authorities permission to access computers and other devices remotely. It adopted a text modifying the law on “security and intelligence services” granting the authorities new broad surveillance powers. To put it simply, it legalised the most intrusive form of government hacking. “Government hacking affects people’s privacy rights and freedom of expression in new and deeply invasive ways – it also means an undermining of the security of the internet. Governments engaged in such activities have systematically failed to implement minimum safeguards for human rights”, said Kirsten Fiedler, Managing Director of EDRi “The WannaCry attack has highlighted that there are serious repercussions when known vulnerabilities are not immediately reported and fixed. Current practices of the intelligence services are damaging not only for the security of European citizens, but also for businesses, public administrations and critical infrastructures – like hospitals, schools and public transport”, she added.
What is state or government hacking?
Hacking means the manipulation of software, data, computer systems, networks, or other electronic devices without the permission of the person or organisation responsible. For instance, malicious software developed by a government, often relying on software flaws that