Jack Serle reports:
Human rights group Privacy International is preparing to take legal action against the British government for failing to control exports of sophisticated spy technology to brutal regimes.
Legislation allows the British government to restrict or stop exports if they are capable of aiding repression or breaches of human rights. But the NGO says that despite repeated requests the government has failed to take any concrete steps to stop British surveillance technology being exported to oppressive regimes.
Privacy International lawyers have contacted the Business Secretary Vince Cable, giving the government 21 days before filing for a judicial review of their inaction.