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Rights Groups File OECD Complaint Against Surveillance Firms

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Vernon Silver
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The complaints filed Feb. 1 seek probes of whether U.K.- based Gamma Group and Munich-based Trovicor GmbH violated guidelines for business conduct set out by the Paris-based OECD, according to Privacy International, one of five groups behind the effort.

The rights groups plan to use any OECD probes and recommendations to press the companies to drop any business with Bahrain, disclose contracts with governments around the globe and remotely disable products suspected in human rights violations, according to a Privacy International briefing paper on the filings.

“We very much hope the OECD process will persuade Gamma and Trovicor to take a long hard look at their current and future clients, and to think carefully about the role their products play in the targeting and torture of activists and the suppression of pro-democracy voices,” Eric King, the head of research at London-based Privacy International, said in a statement.