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Egypt’s plan for mass surveillance of social media an attack on internet privacy and freedom of expression

Headline Title:  Egypt: Social media surveillance plan threatens internet privacy 04 June 2014  A call for tenders to introduce a new system to carry out indiscriminate mass surveillance of social media in Egypt would deal a devastating blow to the rights to privacy and freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Under the proposed plans, disclosed in a leaked tender by the Ministry of Interior this week, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and possibly mobile phone applications such as WhatsApp, Viber and Instagram would be systematically monitored. “The…

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