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UK NCP initial assessment: complaint by Reprieve against BT - equipment provided to US defence agency

Initial assessment from the UK National Contact Point (NCP) on a complaint by a UK civil society body against BT.

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This statement records the decision of the UK National Contact Point (NCP) to reject a complaint from Reprieve against British Telecommunications plc.

Reprieve is a UK civil society organisation campaigning for civil and prisoners’ rights.

The complaint alleged that the company’s supply of telecommunications equipment provided to a United States defence agency did not meet voluntary standards on human rights included in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The UK NCP rejected similar allegations made by Reprieve against BT in July 2013. This complaint was based on new information, but has also been rejected by the UK NCP.

See also the UK NCP’s separate assessment of linked allegations by Reprieve about BT providing intelligence services with access to customer communications.

Published 10 February 2015