Instead of coming up with a new draft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Nate Cardozo says he wants the US to reopen the initial discussions that led to the software restrictions with the Wassenaar negotiators. That way, says the EFF staff attorney, the agreement could focus on actual spyware and surveillance products instead of the components that make or control those technologies.
"What are they actually trying to control? Are they trying to control [the notorious spyware] FinFisher?" asks Mr. Cardozo, who recently filed a lawsuit against Ethiopia over its use of FinFisher, a maker of surveillance technology. "Why don’t they go after export of that kind of software directly?"