German Deputy Prime Minister Sigmar Gabriel has announced that Germany will cease to export surveillance technology to a group of countries that includes Turkey, on the grounds that this technology is being used as a means to suppress the citizens of these countries.

Citizen Lab’s Morgan Marquis-Boire spoke to Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany’s largest daily paper) about the use of so-called “lawful intercept” technology as tools of surveillance in repressive regimes.