: AFP: Russian hi-tech spy devices under attack over privacy fears

13:13 Jun. 5, 2016

AFP: Russian hi-tech spy devices under attack over privacy fears

Apple iPhone with a cracked screen (AP Photo)

Infowatch invented a system to intercept employees' mobile phone conversations 

New Russian technologies, including phonecall interception and a facial recognition app, have stirred a fierce debate about privacy and data monitoring.

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Infowatch, a Moscow-based IT security company managed by businesswoman Natalya Kasperskaya, found itself in hot water last month after it revealed it had invented a system that companies can use to intercept employees' mobile phone conversations.

Companies outside Russia have also devised call interception software, and Infowatch already markets products that monitor employees' e-mails, USB keys and printers.
But Kasperskaya says she was taken aback by the storm that surrounded the mobile phone innovation.

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"We weren't expecting this. For us it was only another channel of communication," Kasperskaya told AFP in an interview.

The Russian authorities and members of the public lashed the invention as a breach of law or infringement of privacy. Full story 

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