Privacy International Releases "Big Brother Incorporated"

[4 December 1995] Privacy International, a London-based non-profit, non-government organization, has released a 150-page report entitled "Big Brother Incorporated: a report on the international trade in surveillance technology and its links to the arms industry." According to a media release, the report shows how technology companies in Europe and North America provide the surveillance infrastructure for police and military authorities in countries such as China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Angola, Rwanda and Guatemala. The report's primary concern is the flow of sophisticated computer-based technology from developed countries to developing countries, and particularly to non-democratic regimes. Privacy International was formed in 1990 and brings together privacy experts, human rights advocates, and technology experts in more than 40 countries, working toward the goal of promoting privacy issues worldwide. A summary of the report is available at ; for further information contact Simon Davies at