Israel has reduced the list of countries that can buy surveillance software by two thirds, from 102 to 37 countries

The Israeli government has limited the list of countries to which Israeli companies can sell surveillance software, reducing the list from 102 to 37 countries.

The new list includes only countries with a “proven democratic order”: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan , Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The list does not include some countries to which Israeli companies frequently supplied surveillance software. The new list will make it very difficult for Israeli companies to do business, especially those dealing with offensive cyber technology in countries with totalitarian regimes or countries where there are suspicions that citizens’ rights are being violated.

Spyware developed by Israeli companies such as Candiru and the NSO Group is in recent years linked to human rights violations in dozens of countries because their software was used by local authorities to spy on journalists, activists, dissidents and political rivals.

The Israeli government has not issued any statement on updating the list.

The Israeli government was probably forced to make this decision by its allies. The list was shortened a week after Israeli and French officials held a secret meeting to discuss allegations that NSO Group spy software may have been used against French President Emanuel Macron.

The decision was also made at about the same time as they were The United States has sanctioned four surveillance software vendors, including Candiru and the NSO Group.

According to the US Department of Commerce, “these tools have allowed foreign governments to carry out cross-border repression – the practice of authoritarian governments attacking opponents, journalists and activists outside their borders to silence the opposition.” Such practices threaten the international order. “

Sanctions have put the NSO in an unenviable situation – The newly elected CEO left the company, and there is talk of a possible sale to French investors and even bankruptcy, as it has become undesirable in the cyber weapons industry.

In a report by the Atlantic Council released earlier this month, 224 companies worldwide sell surveillance and hacking tools, with 27 of them headquartered in Israel.

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