EU Parliament imposes export controls over surveillance tech

The EU Parliament will implement new export restrictions on companies’ export of surveillance technologies to countries with a record of human rights violations.

If an EU company that wants to sell tech that could be used to monitor citizens’ phone calls, text messages and internet activity, they will need approval not only from their national governments — but they will also need to declare it to the EU within 30 days of the goods’ departure from the EU.

No EU-level pre-export approval is required, though. The new control applies to export to countries which are subject to a general arms embargo.