Rob Lever
March 1, 2014

A US court has cleared Cisco Systems over liability for human rights abuses in China, in a case closely watched by the global technology sector and activists.

The Maryland judge dismissed the case, saying Cisco — one of the biggest makers of computer networking equipment — was not at fault for abuses carried out by Beijing using the “Golden Shield” censorship and surveillance project to find, arrest and torture political opponents.

It was the latest test of a 1789 US law which may be used by foreign nationals to seek redress in American courts over human rights abuses.

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