The participating States agreed to continue to meet the new challenges of the Agreement, including respect for new technological advances, innovation and research. Members also updated the Wassenaar lists, checking their ease of use and comprehensibility. New export controls were agreed on the monitoring and information-gathering tools used by law enforcement agencies, as well as on Internet Protocol (IP) network monitoring systems and devices. Participating States clarified controls on inertial measuring instruments and systems and relaxed some export controls on tape recorders and digital computers. It succeeded the Cold War-era Coordinating Committee on Multilateral Export Controls (COCOM) and was founded on 12 July 1996 in Wassenaar, the Netherlands, near The Hague. The Wassenaar Arrangement is much less strict than COCOM and focuses primarily on the transparency of national export control regimes and does not grant individual members a veto over organizational decisions. A secretariat for the administration of the Agreement is located in Vienna, Austria. However, like COCOM, it is not a contract and is therefore not legally binding. The purpose of these changes was to prevent Western tech companies from selling surveillance technologies to governments known to violate human rights. .