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UK security sector warned over risk of selling to oppressive regimes

John E Dunn | Nov. 28, 2014
For the first time ever, Government-backed guidance has warned the UK security sector to check in advance of selling products to foreign customers whether they will be used to carry out surveillance or infringe human rights.

If the UK tech sector has had no official guidance on best practice until now, it's not clear that all firms would have welcomed something with the potential to stunt sales. Increasingly, however, exporters will be held to account legally, something the naming and shaming of FinFisher case underlines.

"We want British companies to take the lead on protecting human rights and driving innovation in cyber security," said Davis.

"The advice in this document is designed to help companies reduce reputational risk and to have confidence in the deals they make. We believe that ethical business practice is key; human rights and a vibrant British cyber sector are two sides of the same coin."

 

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