Spyware firm Gamma failed on human rights, says OECD

Gigaom

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time found a surveillance software company to be in violation of human rights guidelines, following a complaint about the notorious British-German spyware outfit Gamma International.

Gamma allegedly sold its FinFisher spyware tool to the Bahraini regime, which is a big-time human rights abuser that seems to have used the software to persecute activists. The complaint to the OECD’s U.K. national contact point (NCP – an agency operated by the British government) was made by the right group Privacy International, which has also made a criminal complaint about Gamma, along with Reporters Without Borders and other groups.

However, the OECD’s guidelines for businesses are voluntary, so apart from calling out the fairly shameless Gamma, not much can come directly from this particular decision. In addition, the Gamma Group is these days operating out of Munich rather than the U.K.

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