THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

Issue 83, October 2019

Muted praise for US guidance on surveillance kit controls

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Draft guidance published by the US State Department has been praised for giving some clarity around the export of equipment with the potential to be used for surveillance purposes – but, say campaigners, it lacks punch by not being written into law. ‘Items with intended and unintended surveillance capabilities have the vast potential to provide positive contributions to a country’s economic, defense, and societal wellbeing…At the same time, these items can be misused to violate or abuse human rights when exported to government end-users or private end-users that have close relationships with the government.’ So says the preamble to the...

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