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EU Moves To End Surveillance Tech Sales To Repressive Regimes 132

superglaze writes "The European Union is asking companies that sell surveillance and law enforcement tech to repressive regimes to stop doing so. The EU is not taking concrete action yet, but has warned that sanctions may be applicable. All this comes little more than a week after Wikileaks published the Spy Files, a name-and-shame list of the companies offering tools for mass surveillance and interception to despotic regimes, but also to Western governments."
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EU Moves To End Surveillance Tech Sales To Repressive Regimes

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 09, 2011 @04:43AM (#38312750)

    They are trying but sweden vetoed it, and I think it's a good thing. How would protesters organise and send videos etc without cellphones (and internet)?
    These comes with "surveillance tech" as standard.

    http://www.stockholmnews.com/more.aspx?NID=8116 [stockholmnews.com]

  • Re:Fuck Sweden! (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 09, 2011 @05:19AM (#38312858)

    Point the finger where the finger is due.

    LI (Lawful interception) has been a requirement from the major western governments since the dawn of cellphone networks. You are not allowed to sell to the major customers without including it.
    Are you surprised this functionality is included as standard in all systems now?

    Swedens government wanting a major swedish company to be successful, yeah, big woop.

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