After years of hesitation, the European Union is preparing to clamp down on exports of dual-use surveillance software, or spyware, and related products to prevent their use by repressive countries or their re-export to parties involved in armed conflicts. A new report with amendments approved by the European Parliament on 17 January moves the union one step closer to this goal.
“We have already seen how dangerous these technologies can be when they are abused by governments, most notably in the clampdown on the Arab Spring,” said German Green member of the European Parliament Klaus Buchner, who authored the report.
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