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[liberationtech] Details needed about monitoring and data retention in Syria

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Tue Jan 10 13:11:16 PST 2012

No, but it's certainly useful when putting the surveillance in
perspective.  Just as many of the Egyptians who later accessed their files
from State Security offices had never been detained or questioned, it's
quite possible that much of Syria's surveillance is for surveillance's sake.

Which is not to say the recommendations are wrong - they're not.  But the
full picture includes both the reality of the surveillance systems and the
reality of how authorities are using their capabilities.

On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 1:07 PM, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at>wrote:

> The experience of people on the ground while useful is far from the full
> picture. Unless they're the ones implementing the surveillance systems,
> it's pointless to ask a random or even a specific uninvolved Syrian
> about the government's data retention capabilities.

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seemingly impossible to become a reality" - *Vaclav Havel*
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