WhatsApp's 2019 lawsuit against the NSO Group can now go ahead after a US Court dismissed the NSO Group’s immunity claims, according to a report in Reuters. The decision of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was unanimous (3-0), the report added. The Israeli company behind the Pegasus spyware had appealed against a decision passed in July 2020 refusing to award it "conduct-based immunity". The case will return to the U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, Reuters reported. WhatsApp's suit could set a precedent for holding spyware companies, which often operate in regulatory grey zones, accountable. The global implications of the decision may pave the way for a moratorium on spyware exports. What did the ruling say? NSO claimed it has immunity from lawsuits filed in U.S. courts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)…
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