Home Economy News US restricts exports to Canada’s Sandvine over Egypt censorship

US restricts exports to Canada’s Sandvine over Egypt censorship


US restricts exports to Canada’s Sandvine over Egypt censorship By Reuters

Breaking News



Published Feb 26, 2024 09:54AM ET
Updated Feb 26, 2024 01:36PM ET

© Reuters

By Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. on Monday placed Canada-based Sandvine Inc on a trade restriction list for allegedly helping the Egyptian government target human rights activists and politicians.

Sandvine, a networking equipment company, was added to the Commerce Department’s “Entity List” for supplying technology to the Egyptian government, “where it is used in mass web-monitoring and censorship to block news as well as target political actors and human rights activists,” according to a posting in the Federal Register, the official U.S. government journal.

Sandvine, which has been accused of helping facilitate surveillance on Egypt’s opposition, supplies what is known as “deep packet inspection technology” which examines and manages network traffic.

U.S. companies are effectively barred from shipping goods and technology to Sandvine with its addition to the list.

The Commerce Department also added China’s Chengdu Beizhan Electronics to the list for illegally acquiring U.S.-origin items on behalf of the University of Electronic Science and Technology, which was added more than a decade ago.

The university is an alias for the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), which is involved in China’s nuclear weapons program, the Commerce Department has said.

“We will continue to leverage all of our enforcement and regulatory authorities to prevent U.S. technology from enabling destabilizing activities, from mass surveillance and the targeting of human rights activists and political opponents to nuclear weapons programs,” Commerce official Matthew Axelrod said in a statement after the posting.

In addition to Waterloo, Ontario, in Canada, Sandvine’s locations in India, Japan, Malaysia, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates are included on the export control list.

Sandvine did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for the Egyptian embassy in Washington, and the government in Egypt also did not respond. Chengdu Beizhan Electronics could not immediately be reached.

In the same posting on Monday, the U.S. removed Jazirah Aviation Club in the United Arab Emirates from the export control list. Jazirah, a light sport aviation club, was placed on the list in 2018 for its involvement in procuring items for an entity on the Entity List, the U.S. said at the time. The posting said it was removed after a review.

US restricts exports to Canada’s Sandvine over Egypt censorship

Our Apps

Terms And Conditions
Privacy Policy
Risk Warning
Do not sell my personal information

© 2007-2024 Fusion Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Risk Disclosure: Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment amount, and may not be suitable for all investors. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Trading on margin increases the financial risks.Before deciding to trade in financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should be fully informed of the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite, and seek professional advice where needed.Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. The data and prices on the website are not necessarily provided by any market or exchange, but may be provided by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual price at any given market, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Fusion Media and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss or damage as a result of your trading, or your reliance on the information contained within this website.It is prohibited to use, store, reproduce, display, modify, transmit or distribute the data contained in this website without the explicit prior written permission of Fusion Media and/or the data provider. All intellectual property rights are reserved by the providers and/or the exchange providing the data contained in this website.Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.

Related News