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5. National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights

5.7 Pillar 1: state duty to protect

5.7.2 Operational principles: legislative and information policy measures 

Guiding Principle 3 [page 15]

PI4 Regulation of technologies for internet and mobile communication surveillance

Technologies for internet and mobile communication surveillance can be used for both civilian and military purposes, i.e. they are dual-use goods. They can be an element in state repression, for example, thereby exposing the business enterprises that manufacture or trade in them to an increased risk of becoming involved in human rights abuses. The export or brokerage of technologies for internet and mobile communication surveillance is governed by goods control legislation. (…) The transfer of intellectual property, including expertise and the grant of rights, concerning technologies for internet and mobile communication surveillance was also made subject to license.

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