On 30 September, a news release from the US State Department advised that it had published guidance intended to provide practical and accessible human rights guidance to US businesses seeking to prevent their products or services with surveillance capabilities from being misused by government end-users to commit human rights abuses. It is meant to be an easy-to-use roadmap in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for assessing the human rights impacts of relevant products or services, and evaluating a series of considerations before engaging in transactions with governments. The guidance also recommends human rights safeguards that a business could or should adopt. The guidance includes a checklist and potential red flags for human rights concerns.
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