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Leaked EU Proposal Pushes Tighter Rules on Dual-use Technologies

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Leaked EU Proposal Pushes Tighter Rules on Dual-use Technologies

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The European Union is expected to propose tighter rules on the export of dual-use technologies in September. The Union has been embarrassed by evidence that surveillance technology from companies such as Germany’s FinFisher GmbH and Italy’s Hacking Team have been used by repressive regimes to target activists and journalists. This doesn’t rest easy with the EU’s central themes of human rights and personal privacy.

A new draft proposal expanding on export controls for dual-use products has been obtained and released by the EurActiv publication. The detail of this proposal will undoubtedly be amended before September, but it does show the current thinking of the European Commission.

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