Lebanese Government Attempted To Gain Access to All Citizens' Email, Social Media Passwords

Following the suspected murder of Lebanon’s intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan in October, the Information Branch of the country’s Internal Security Forces heading up the investigation has taken the controversial step of requesting all Lebanese citizens' passwords for their personal email and social media sites. The department has also demanded that the Telecom Minister turn over the content of 3.7 million citizens' text messages. The country's judicial authority rejected both requests.

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