Social media monitoring Plan
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 plans by the Egyptian authorities to indiscriminately monitor social media a few months after the adoption of a new constitution guaranteeing the right to privacy shows the little regard they have for human rights or the rule of law. The plans also spark serious fears that systematic monitoring of social media networks will be used by the authorities to further clamp down on the slightest sign of dissent, ” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director for Amnesty International.
“The Egyptian authorities have an abysmal track record when it comes to respecting the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly. A system to conduct indiscriminate surveillance of social media on a mass scale risks becoming yet another instrument in the Egyptian government’s toolbox of state repression.”
In the leaked document, the Interior Ministry calls for tenders for a more sophisticated mass monitoring system which will scan social media networks for 26 topics including defamation of religion, calling for illegal demonstrations, strikes and sit-ins as well as terrorism and inciting violence. However, the full list of topics to be monitored has not been made public, leaving individuals unsure of whether and when their communications will be targeted.
The proposed monitoring programme violates the right to privacy guaranteed by both the Egyptian constitution and international law. Egyptian law only allows targeted interception of communications under judicial oversight and for a limited period of time and does not permit indiscriminate mass surveillance.
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