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9 Sep 2019

US Department of State

US State Department calls for feedback on draft guidance for export of surveillance technology

"Draft U.S. Government Guidance for the Export of Surveillance Technology", 4 September 2019

The U.S. Department of State is developing guidance for exporters of items with intended and unintended surveillance capabilities. The guidance seeks to provide insight to exporters on considerations to weigh prior to exporting these items. It also offers businesses greater understanding of the human rights concerns the U.S. government may have with the export. We are posting the draft guidance – entitled, “U.S. Government Guidance for the Export of Hardware, Software and Technology with Surveillance Capabilities and/or parts/know-how” –  for the next 30 days to solicit feedback from the public to help strengthen the document.  The draft guidance can be found here.  We encourage you to be as specific as possible in your suggested input (e.g. line edits, and accompanying rationale, are welcome). On October 4, 2019, we will remove the draft guidance from this website and will work to finalize the draft.

For those interested, please send your feedback to [email protected].