According to the SMH, the Human Rights Law Foundation filed a suit against Cisco in May citing legislation that holds companies accountable for human right violations committed abroad.
Cisco is being accused of aiding the Chinese government develop its "Golden Shield Project", under which members of the banned Falun Gong were jailed and tortured.
Cisco CEO John Chambers is being alleged of meeting with the head of the persecutory campaign against the Falun Gong during the Golden Shield's design and development. Chambers is believed to have known about the persecution and torture of Falun Gong members, but chose to continue with the project anyway.
A Cisco engineer said "Cisco provided a secure connection to provincial security databases allowing for thorough cross-checking and movement-tracing â€¦ [such that] policemen could remotely access the suspect's work unit, access reports on the individual's political behaviour â€¦ family history â€¦ fingerprints, photographs and other imaging information."
"The Chinese police could even check remotely whether the suspect had built or contributed to a website in the last three months, access the suspect's surfing history and read his email."
The Golden Shield Project makes up part of the Great Firewall of China, and censors politically sensitive online information, with the addition of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.