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UK and France push for international agreement on spyware

The UK and France are urging countries to sign an international agreement governing the use of commercial spyware and surveillance tools. Delegates from 35 countries at a two day conference in London will discuss ways to address the proliferation of commercial cyber intrusion tools and services. Leaders from business and big tech companies, including Apple, BAE Systems, Google and Microsoft along with  human rights groups and legal experts and suppliers will attend the discussions London’s Lancaster House. The gathering, opened by Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden will launch an international declaration, called the Pall Mall process, that will commit countries and businesses to develop safeguards and oversight for spyware and other commercially intrusive technologies. Dowden said, “as the threat from malicious use of cyber tools grows, working with like-minded partners is essential to tackle an issue which does not respect borders”.

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