Shareholders to question Northrop Grumman over human rights implications of its surveillance technology & risks to democratic freedoms 

"Northrop Grumman shareholders demand rights report over DHS biometric database contract", May 9 2019

A group of shareholders are planning to challenge Northrop Grumman leadership over the human rights implications of its lucrative new contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Northrop Grumman won the $95 million, 42-month contract for the first two development stages of the OBIM's new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) biometric database. The Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (Tri-CRI) filed a shareholder resolution in November, following failed discussions with management, the EFF says.

Tri-CRI notes in the shareholder resolution that corporations have human rights responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), and that U.S. government sales made up 85 percent of Northrop Grumman of its 2017 sales. The group expresses concerns that HART may be used with algorithms that have inherent racial bias, and echoes an EFF warning that it could have a chilling effect on democratic freedoms...

...The shareholders are requesting that the company’s Board of Directors prepare a report on its management systems and Human Rights Policy implementation processes.

Voting on the resolution will take place May 15.

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