The US Bureau of Industry and Security has announced that FLIR Systems Inc, a US-based thermal imaging company, has agreed to pay $307,922 to settle allegations that it violated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Between November 2012 and December 2013, FLIR made inaccurate representations whilst seeking a determination that a newly developed Uncooled Focal Plane Array (UFPA) was subject to the EAR, rather than the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. In response to concerns that the UFPA could be used for end-uses other than smartphones, FLIR represented that UFPA was designed specifically for smartphones. FLIR had in fact developed plans for the product to be used and sold in military applications. In addition, FLIR falsely represented that the UFPA contained an anti-tamper encryption protection, but this feature had not actually been developed.
Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist,...See profile for Michael O'Kane >