EU seeks to tighten cyber-security dual-use exports

September 28, 2016

The European Commission proposed measures on Wednesday to increase controls on exports of cyber-surveillance goods and technologies that can be used to violate human rights or threaten international security.

The Commission had earlier identified deficiencies with the current system, including a failure to keep up with evolving security risks, such as an emerging trade in cyber-surveillance technology and related risks to security and human rights.

The current system also imposed heavy administrative burdens on industry and authorities and sometimes lacked legal clarity.