‘Third of European spionagetechnologie exported to non-free countries’
Surveillancetechnologie exported by European companies, went in a third of cases to countries as “unfree”. The export of the software would be approved by European member states.
That’s according to research by Security for Sale, a research platform of The Correspondent and a Backlight.
EU member states have, in the past two years 317 times the export of software for cybersurveillance approved. In total, 14 exportverzoeken denied.
Of this exported software was approximately a third to countries, think tank Freedom House as “unfree”. More than half of the software went to ‘partly free’ countries. About 17 percent of the software was to be sold to countries that are as free to be seen.
Companies in Denmark and the United Kingdom, the united states exported technology to the United Arab Emirates. Equipment of the Finnish subsidiary of the Canadian EXFO also went to the Emirates. The as ‘non-free’ labelled Egypt and Vietnam received from the United Kingdom also surveillancetechnologie.
Dutch security companies would have relatively little spionagetechnologie export. There would be by the ministry of Foreign Affairs, only one licence has been granted to software for Montenegro, which is considered to be ‘partly free’. A Dutch company tried to sell software to the Emirates, but this is denied.