In light of recent revelations put forth by the New York Times around the purchase and use of Pegasus spyware by the Indian government, Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury moved a privilege motion against the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw and the BJP-led NDA government for allegedly misleading the Parliament on the issue. In a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Chowdhury pointed out that in the aftermath of the Pegasus controversy last year, wherein it was alleged that the Indian government used military-grade spyware on Indian citizens, Vaishnaw in a sworn affidavit had said: "unequivocally, we deny any and all of the allegations against the Government". "In view of the above, I demand that a Privilege Motion may be initiated against the Minister of Information Technology for deliberately misleading the House on the Pegasus issue." — Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha The NYT investigation claimed that the Indian government had bought Pegasus in 2017, as part of a larger arms deal with Israel. The Indian government is yet to issue any clarifications regarding the claims, at the time of publishing this report. In 2021, a consortium of 17 news organisations carried out an investigation into Pegasus surveillance. At the center of the investigation was the Pegasus spyware, developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group, which has serious consequences on issues pertaining to privacy, security, and surveillance. The software purportedly infects electronic devices without detection and spies on its victims by…
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Vaishnaw said that in the next five years, there will be significant disruptions in the way telecom technology operates.
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