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UK Software Firm Gamma International to be Investigated for Human Rights Violation

By Vanilla Sharma on June 25, 2013 3:57 AM EDT 0

UK Software Firm Gamma International to be Investigated for Human Rights Violation (Photo: Reuters)

Gamma International, a software firm in the United Kingdom will face an investigation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, for supplying surveillance spyware to governments in various nations.

The investigation was announced by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD on 24 June. This move is likely to play a pivotal role in urging spyware firms to take responsibility for their products, using which governments of various nations have been violating basic human rights, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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“The complaint being accepted is an important step forward to secure journalists around the world from intrusive surveillance through advanced spyware,” Christian Mihr, executive director of Reporters Without Borders said. “The German NCP is now pressed to act, and should not try to further delay the process. We are looking forward to enter the mediation.”

Gamma International first came under the scanner in February when organisations like Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Privacy International, Bahrain Watch, European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, and RSF filed complaints against the firm as well as Germany’s Trovicor.

“Gamma and Trovicor breached a nearly a dozen recommendations from the OECD Guidelines, all of which concern human rights,” the complaint mentioned, reports The Daily Dot.

The move has been welcomed by members of other organisations who joined hands to file the complaint. They also appear to believe that the investigation will act as a huge step towards making these software firms accountable for their products and services, which abuse the rights of common citizens.

On the other hand, Gamma International maintains that when it sold the spyware system to Bahrain, it hadn’t formulated a human rights policy and that it would not intentionally supply those spyware systems that would hamper the civil rights of the society, according to Privacy International.

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