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UN expert calls for moratorium on the sale, transfer & use of surveillance tools; cites lack of human rights-compliant regulatory frameworks

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, called for an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology until human rights-compliant regulatory frameworks are in place. In a report to the Human Rights Council on the surveillance industry and its interference with human rights, Kaye cites examples of computer intrusions, mobile device hacking, network intrusion, and facial recognition surveillance as potential harms to the right of freedom of opinion and expression. He calls on both governments and companies to recognise their responsibilities, “and impose rigorous requirements on this industry, with the goal of protecting human rights for all.”