Israeli spyware firm adopts 'human rights policy'

FILE - This Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, shows the logo of the Israeli NSO Group on a building where they had offices in Herzliya, Israel. NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company that has been accused of helping authoritarian governments stifle dissent saThe Associated Press
FILE - This Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, shows the logo of the Israeli NSO Group on a building where they had offices in Herzliya, Israel. NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company that has been accused of helping authoritarian governments stifle dissent said it has adopted "a new human rights policy" to ensure its software is not misused. The NSO Group said Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 that it would institute a series of oversight measures to ensure adherence and would henceforth evaluate potential clients' "past human rights performance." (AP Photo/Daniella Cheslow, File)

An Israeli spyware company that has been accused of helping authoritarian governments stifle dissent says it has adopted "a new human rights policy" to ensure its software is not misused.

The NSO Group said Tuesday it would institute a series of oversight measures to ensure adherence and would henceforth evaluate potential clients' "past human rights performance."

NSO has come under fire in the past year for selling its surveillance software to repressive governments who use it against dissidents. It does not disclose clients, but they are believed to include Middle Eastern and Latin American states. A Saudi dissident has accused NSO of involvement in Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing last year.

The company says its product is used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies to fight "crime and terrorism."