IT Matters

The gadgets that spy on your phone – and you

It’s no secret that many governments have been keeping tabs on their citizens through controversial surveillance methods. Different agencies shell out millions of dollars on complex machines developed by tech companies – and with customers this demanding and lots of money, it’s no wonder why this particular sector of the tech industry is booming.

Take Harris Corporation, for example. For the past couple of years, it has sold a wide range of clandestine mobile phone surveillance technologies to different government agencies (which, yes, includes the National Security Agency). According to, the company has earned over $40 million since 2004, all thanks to spy technology sales.

Here are some of the surveillance gadgets that have been used in the country over the decade.

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