German companies’ surveillance technology allegedly used in connection with human rights abuses by authoritarian regimes
[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Atis, Elaman, Gamma Group, Trovicor and Utimaco to respond. Atis, Trovicor and Utimaco responses provided. Elaman & Gamma Group did not respond.] In February 2013, human rights groups filed complaints with the German and UK OECD National Contact Points (NCP) against Gamma International (part of Gamma Group) and Trovicor alleging that their surveillance technology has been used to oppress human rights defenders and political activists in Bahrain. The complainants claim that information on activists obtained by the companies’ surveillance products have resulted in cases of arbitrary detention and torture...In September 2013, Deutsche Welle reported further allegations of German surveillance technologý’s use in connection with human rights abuses in countries including Bahrain, Egypt and Syria. The article raises concerns about activities by Atis, Elaman, Gamma Group, Trovicor and Utimaco.