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Standing Committee on IT to take up WhatsApp-Pegasus issue, Kudankulam in Nov 20 meeting

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology is next scheduled to meet on November 20. As per the agenda on the Lok Sabha website, the committee, headed by Shashi Tharoor, will be briefed by representatives of Home Ministry, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) on the subject “citizen’s data security and privacy”. A member of the standing committee told MediaNama that the WhatsApp issue, wherein the Pegasus spyware was installed in people’s phones using a vulnerability in the app, “will be taken up as it led to the violation of privacy” of a number of Indian citizens. On whether the committee would discuss the cyber attack on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, the member said, “That would be the logical inference since we deal with data, digital safety, etc.” and the Department of…

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