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Government did not seriously investigate Pegasus surveillance in 2019: Report

Even after assurances, the government’s probe of Pegasus spyware exploiting a flaw in WhatsApp has yielded no information.

The government did not follow through on its investigation into the WhatsApp-Pegasus revelations from 2019 or reach out to Israel regarding the NSO group, RTI responses published in The Quint on September 17 have revealed. Then IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had assured Parliament in October 2019 that the government would look into the Pegasus issue by sending notices to both WhatsApp and the NSO Group. This came after a vulnerability was found in WhatsApp's voice call feature that allowed NSO to install Pegasus on at least 121 targetted devices in India.  The government recently suggested to the Supreme Court that it will set up a committee of experts to look into fresh allegations regarding its use of Pegasus spyware on civil society members and opposition leaders. The government's failure to follow up on the 2019 revelations, however, raises serious…

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