EU agrees on stricter rules for surveillance technology exports

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The European Union agreed on Monday to tighten the rules for the sale and export of cyber surveillance technology. EU lawmakers and the European Council have reached a tentative deal to update controls on so-called dual-use items such as facial recognition technology and spyware to prevent their use to violate human rights.

Under the new rules, European companies will have to apply for government licenses to export certain products and they will have to meet criteria that have been tightened to include requirements to determine whether the sale poses a risk to human rights. EU countries will also need to be more transparent by publicly disclosing the details of the export licenses they grant. And the rules can also be changed quickly to cover emerging technologies.

Dual-use technology could also include high-performance computers, drones, and some chemicals. “Today is a victory for global human rights. We have set an important example for other democracies to follow, ”said Marketa Gregorova, a legislator of the European Parliament who was one of the main negotiators, in a statement. “Authoritarian regimes will no longer be able to secretly get their hands on European cyber surveillance.” The deal comes after years of negotiations and still requires formal approval from the European Parliament and other bodies, but it should be a formality.

Human rights groups have urged the EU to tighten export rules. Amnesty International said in a recent report that the bloc’s existing regulations do not take into account “rapidly changing surveillance dynamics” or take into account the emerging risks posed by new digital surveillance technologies. The group said it found three European companies that were selling digital surveillance technology to China.

News Highlights:

  • EU lawmakers and the European Council have reached an interim agreement to update controls on so-called dual-use items such as facial recognition technology and spyware to prevent their use to violate human rights. Under the new rules, European companies will have to apply for government licenses to export certain products and they will have to meet criteria that have been tightened up to include requirements to determine whether the sale poses a risk to human rights.
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