International targeted surveillance with a political agenda, to fulfil the interests of the market forces or of those who run the electoral autocracies, poses a civilisational threat.
In July, Mexico’s top security official said two previous administrations spent $61 million to buy Pegasus spyware.
A successful Pegasus infection surreptitiously gives intruders access to everything a person stores and does on their phone, including real-time communications.
Sources close to Siddaramaiah said he may raise an objection to the letter as the matter pertains to ‘Centre and state subject’, which only the Centre can address.
Tech giant Facebook is currently suing NSO Group in U.S. federal court for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware.
His comments came following questions over allegations of unauthorised surveillance using Israeli NSO Group's spyware Pegasus and whether the Indian government contacted Israel over the issue.
Pegasus row: SC appoints probe panel, says state can't get 'free pass' every time national security is raised
Pegasus is an Israeli spyware that is known to have targeted members of the civil society, including activists and journalists.
The government told a bench that the disclosure whether the country is using a particular software or not may cause 'harm' and alert all potential targets.
The pleas are related to reports of alleged snooping by government agencies on eminent citizens, politicians and scribes by using Israeli firm NSO's spyware Pegasus.
The Centre had earlier filed a limited affidavit in the apex court saying the pleas seeking an independent probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations are based on 'unsubstantiated media reports'.
Today’s world cannot exist without the internet, computer and cell phones. All these have made communication from any nook and corner of the world instantaneous.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament was ransacked by the Opposition, calling use of Pegasus spyware an attack on their freedom and privacy.
In an age of data breaches and state surveillance, founder of Doosra, Aditya Vuchi, talks about the importance of a privacy stack.
Govt telling SC it can't divulge its info in public is 'confession' that spyware was used: Chidambaram
The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that divulging information on whether the country uses spyware like Pegasus or not would involve national security aspect.
The independent experts, who focus on a number of rights issues under mandates from the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council, are in “direct communication” with NSO and the Israeli government.