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25 Jan 2012

Human Rights First & OWNI Digital articles on surveillance technology & oppressive regimes

In November 2011, Human Rights First published a blog entitled "Excuses, excuses: Surveillance Technology and Oppressive Regimes", alleging that companies providing surveillance technology to oppressive regimes in the Middle East contribute to human rights abuses. 

In December 2011, OWNI Digital Journalism published an article entitled "SpyFiles: Revelations of a Billion-Dollar Mass Surveillance Industry", listing companies whose equipment is allegedly sold to and used by repressive regimes.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited companies mentioned in the articles above to respond.  Company responses and non-responses are listed below.

Adaptive Mobile response [DOC]

Amesys response [DOC]

Area response

Blue Coat Systems response

Creativity Software response [DOC]

Ericsson response [PDF]

Hacking Team did not respond

Hewlett Packard response [DOC]

Huawei response

NetApp response

NICE response [DOC]

Nokia Siemens Network response [DOC]

Trovicor response [DOC]

Qosmos response

Sophos (owner of Ultimatico Safeware) response 

Verint did not respond

Company Responses

Nexa Technologies (formerly Amesys) View Response
Ericsson View Response
Memento Labs (formerly Hacking Team)

No Response

Hewlett-Packard (HP) View Response
Huawei View Response
Qosmos (part of Enea) View Response
Trovicor View Response

No Response