UN human rights experts call for moratorium on sale of surveillance tech

UN human rights experts have called on all States to impose a global moratorium on the sale and transfer of surveillance technology until they have put in place robust regulations that guarantee its use in compliance with international human rights standards. After Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International exposed the widespread surveillance of the mobile devices of human rights defenders and political leaders using the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, they urged Israel, as the NSO Group’s home country, to disclose fully what measures it took to review NSO export transactions in light of its own human rights obligations.