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Victims of Pegasus spyware write to Parliamentary Committee on IT, demand answers from govt

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 17 of the 22 human rights activists, academics and lawyers, who had been targeted by the Pegasus spyware using a WhatsApp vulnerability, have written to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (letter below), asking it to summon government departments to answer questions related to their unauthorized surveillance operations and if they had purchased and deployed Pegasus. Calling the revelation of this kind of surveillance “deeply disturbing” and a “flagrant violation of our rights as citizens”, they have also volunteered to provide an oral testimony to the committee. The standing committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, that is, November 20. MediaNama had earlier reported that the standing committee would take up the WhatsApp issue in its meeting. In addition, the committee is also expected to discuss the cyber attack on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. It is headed by Dr Shashi…

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