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4 Feb 2013

Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

Rights Groups File OECD Complaint Against Surveillance Firms [UK]

A group of human rights organizations has filed complaints with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development against...Gamma Group and...Trovicor GmbH [to investigate whether they] violated guidelines for business conduct set out by the...OECD...The rights groups plan to use any OECD probes and recommendations to press the companies to drop any business with Bahrain, disclose contracts with governments around the globe and remotely disable products suspected in human rights violations...[The] managing director of...Gamma International...said...“until such time as the OECD has conducted its investigations and reached its conclusions it would be inappropriate for me to comment.”...Trovicor’s head of marketing communications...said... “Trovicor’s product and systems aim to protect and keep nations, citizens and public infrastructure safe”...The company’s contracts bar it from commenting on individual clients and it can’t publish the names of countries with which it doesn’t do business, she [added].

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Human rights groups file OECD complaint in the UK & Germany against surveillance firms for selling products to Bahrain

German companies’ surveillance technology allegedly used in connection with human rights abuses by authoritarian govts.