These reports by a consortium of news outlets that have been revealing identities of (potential) surveillance targets have major implications on the state of surveillance in India. The latest report under the Pegasus Project investigation taken up by The Wire in India has revealed 18 new possible surveillance targets from Indian private and public sector units. This includes multiple senior-level officials from private sector companies who have had run-ins with the law along with senior-level officials at PSUs like LIC and Gail. Why it matters? The leaked database which is the subject of the investigation reveals the potential extent of surveillance undertaken by the Israeli firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. The fact that several people named in this report have been under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), or engaged…
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