The Edward Snowden affair revealed the depths of the U.S. mass-surveillance State, but other nations are not immune to intrusive, domestic spying. Colombia had a surveillance scandal in 2009 when it was discovered that the government listened in on judges, journalists and human rights defenders. The agency responsible was disbanded and a number of officials went to prison. In spite of this, Colombian police and security forces are at it again, as documented in two reports by Privacy international, a transparency NGO. The reports are Shadow State Surveillance, Law and Order in Colombia and Demand/Supply: Exposing the Surveillance Industry in Colombia. We get some details of the report from Carolina Botero of the Karisma Foundation, a partner of Privacy International. Botero is based in Bogota, Colombia.
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