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UK Company Accused of Selling Mobile Tracking Software to Iran

A UK based technology firm, with ties to Foreign Secretary William Hague, has been accused of selling mobile tracking software to the Iranian government.

According to The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Creativity Software has been selling the software to the Iranian government, which had been accused by Mr Hague and others of using draconian methods to suppress protesters.

The software sold by the UK company allows the government to monitor the mobile phones of protesters and use the data to track them.

The company has been majorly funded by MMC Ventures whose CEO and chairman has funded the office of William Hague. Hague, who has been vocal about his contempt for Iran, will look to distance himself from the company.

However, the British Government has not blocked the sale of such solutions to Iran. Hague has also come under criticism for the continued sale of arms to 'repressive regimes' (opens in new tab) in the Middle East and North Africa which is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy.

"It is clear that the use of mobile phones has been crucial in allowing the people of Iran to arrange demonstrations and promote human rights, and the fact that a British company would sell technology that could be used to asphyxiate these demonstrations is unthinkable, especially when we know that many of the dissidents have been tortured and executed," said Lord Alton of Liverpool, a member of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.

Ravi Mandalia

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