The United States has announced visa bans on those involved in the misuse of commercial spyware around the world. Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken announced a new policy on Monday. The policy would give the US administration the authority to impose visa restrictions on people involved in the misuse of commercial spyware.
The policy comes as part of a broader effort by President Joe Biden’s administration to curb the misuse of commercial spyware, US media outlet The Hill reported. It said visa restrictions could be imposed against those involved in the use of commercial spyware to ‘target, arbitrarily or unlawfully monitor, harass, suppress or intimidate’ journalists, rights activists, dissidents and members of marginalized or vulnerable communities.
In this case, those who benefit or benefit financially from the misuse of commercial spyware may also face restrictions, according to The Hill’s report.
In a related statement, Blinken said, “America is concerned about the way in which commercial spyware is being used to open the door to repression, the free flow of information, and human rights violations around the world.” “The misuse of commercial spyware is a threat to personal privacy, freedom of expression, and the right to peaceful assembly and association,” he said.
“America stands up for human rights and fundamental freedoms and will continue to campaign to hold accountable those involved in commercial spyware abuses,” Anthony Blinken said in a statement.
In March last year, President Joe Biden issued an executive order banning the use of commercial spyware by the US government. It calls for bans on commercial spyware used to commit human rights abuses and threaten national security around the world. In this, if a foreign power or any other country uses such malicious software or spyware, a way to take action against it is opened in front of the US administration.
After that the US Department of Commerce commercial blacklisted several major spyware companies including Cyrtox, Intellexa, NSO Group, Candiru.