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Privacy Advocates Seek Regulation of Surveillance Tech Exports 16

Posted by Soulskill
from the weapons-of-mass-inspection dept.
Trailrunner7 writes: "The long shadow cast by the use of surveillance technology and so-called lawful intercept tools has spread across much of the globe and has sparked a renewed push in some quarters for restrictions on the export of these systems. Politicians and policy analysts, discussing the issue in a panel Monday, said that there is room for sensible regulation without repeating the mistakes of the Crypto Wars of the 1990s. 'There's virtually no accountability or transparency, while he technologies are getting faster, smaller and cheaper,' Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the European Parliament, said during a panel discussion put on by the New America Foundation. 'We're often accused of over-regulating everything, so it's ironic that there's no regulation here. And the reason is that the member states [of the EU] are major players in this. The incentives to regulate are hampered by the incentives to purchase. There has been a lot of skepticism about how to regulate and it's very difficult to get it right. There are traumas from the Crypto Wars. Many of these companies are modern-day arms dealers. The status quo is unacceptable and criticizing every proposed regulation isn't moving us forward.'"
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Privacy Advocates Seek Regulation of Surveillance Tech Exports

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  • by epyT-R (613989) on Wednesday March 26, 2014 @12:49AM (#46581469)

    Once again the foxes want to guard the henhouse after they're caught with blood on their faces and paws, and feathers all over the ground. Why the hell would we want the government to 'regulate' surveillance tech when it is the most abusive offender? The only thing that would come out of this would be that the tech ends up 'reserved' for them and banned from use for everyone else.

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