Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, June 24, 2019 (Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP)
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A U.N. expert called Tuesday for "an immediate moratorium" on sales of surveillance technology until rules are established to stop companies selling products that help states violate human rights.While companies that export weapons are generally subjected to heavy government oversight, companies selling surveillance tools face no "global or national control," said the U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye.In a new report presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Kaye listed a range of products -- from computer intrusions to mobile device hacking tools -- that states can purchase to spy on opponents, journalists or activists. He called the surveillance industry "a free-for-all," where companies effectively self-regulate in the absence of meaningful export controls.
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