On Lawfare: A Proposed Response to the Commercial Surveillance Emergency

My colleagues and I have published a short piece on the surveillance industry and reforms going forward over on the Lawfare blog:

The body of Jamal Khashoggi has yet to be found, and the case of his murder is littered with unanswered questions. There are a number of certainties about the gruesome crime, however, backed up by evidence, including that some of his most private communications were monitored by Saudi intelligence.

Khashoggi used encrypted chats to communicate with his closest associates. If he assumed that technology shielded his secrets, as it was programmed to do, he was mistaken. While the condition of Khashoggi’s own personal devices remains unclear, ultimately it does not matter if they had been compromised. The phone of a close confidant, Omar Abdulaziz, had been hacked by Saudi intelligence and his communications with Khashoggi were being silently monitored.

Abdulaziz lives in Canada. Neither his distance from the kingdom nor that hacking into his phone violated Canadian law presented the Saudis with much of an obstacle.

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