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14 May 2019

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists, Privacy International, R3D, Reporters without Borders

Joint NGO letter to Novalpina Capital, CC: NSO Group, Francisco Partners

"Joint Open Letter to Novalpina Capital, CC: NSO Group, Francisco Partners" April 15th 2019

Novalpina Capital Should Respect and Deliver on Its Commitment to Upholding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Surveillance technology interferes with the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression when it is used in a manner not prescribed by law, is not strictly necessary to meet a legitimate aim, or is not deployed in a manner that is proportionate to that aim. To date, the surveillance industry remains an opaque, reckless, and often defiant business sector, lacking leadership in respecting human rights and addressing harms. This includes NSO Group’s previous owner, Francisco Partners, which rebuffed efforts at outreach, seemingly ignored or dismissed peer-reviewed academic work, and failed to respond to public letters. This blatant disregard for any public engagement and accountability must stop...