A new report reveals Britain’s biggest arms company (BAE) has secretly sold mass surveillance technology to Saudi Arabia and a number of repressive governments in the Middle Eastern.
According to documents obtained by the BBC, BAE Systems sold the technology to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Morocco.
The technology can be used to spy on a huge number of people’s emails and mobile phones.
This has sparked accusations from human rights groups arguing that the technology is being used to silence or jail dissidents.
The report also reveals concerns that the export of the technology could backfire and endanger the security of Britain and its allies.
“Our technology plays a crucial role in enabling the UK and its allies to combat the threat of international terrorism, supporting law enforcement and helping to keep the public safe, both in the UK and abroad,” BAE stated.
It also said, “We have robust policies and…