In 2015, the debate about how to best control exports of surveillance technologies from Europe to countries where they can be used to harm human rights was full of interesting developments. We prepared an overview of some of the most interesting ones.
There have been many developments in recent years in regards to the control of exports of surveillance technologies in Europe. The following document is designed to provide a brief overview of key developments in 2015 as well as a better idea of the current status of the main debates on export controls.
“The German federal government should push for greater transparency and a greater role for human rights in the new EU dual-use regulation: – said Ben Wagner during a public expert hearing at the German Bundestag on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.
In recent years, there has been a growing concern about oppressive regimes using surveillance technologies in ways that led to human rights violations.
Experts from civil society, industry, governments and EU institutions met in Berlin on Thursday, February 5, 2015 to discuss policies on export controls of surveillance technologies.