Pegasus Spying: Israel’s cyber security company NSO Group has defended itself amid controversies over surveillance software Pegasus, claiming that providing technology to intelligence and law enforcement agencies has enabled millions of people around the world to sleep peacefully at night. are and are safe.
The company also said that it does not operate the technology nor does it have access to the data collected by its customers. The alleged use of Pegasus software to spy on journalists, human rights activists, politicians and others in several countries, including India, has raised concerns over privacy issues. According to the International Media Association, politicians, human rights activists and journalists, among others, were targeted through spyware sold by the Israeli company to various governments.
An NSO spokesperson claimed, “It is due to Pegasus and other such technology that millions of people in the world are able to sleep peacefully at night and get out on the streets safely. With such technology, intelligence and law enforcement agencies are able to prevent crime, terrorist incidents by detecting the information hidden under the encrypted app.
“NSO, along with many other cyber intelligence companies in the world, provides cyber security tools to governments because law enforcement agencies do not have robust systems and regulatory solutions to monitor suspicious content on messaging and social media,” the company said. are not.
On the controversy over this worldwide spy software, the spokesperson said, “NSO does not operate the technology nor do we have the facility to view the collected data.” He said, “We are working to create a safer world.” Trying my best to help.
When the issue of software misuse first came to the fore in India, NSO said in October 2019 that “the contract prohibits the use of our product in any matter other than to prevent serious crimes and terrorism”.
The company had said, “If we find any misuse (of the software), we take action. This technology lies in the protection of human rights. It includes the right to life, security and integrity. We have sought to adhere to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Trade and Human Rights to ensure that our products respect all fundamental human rights.
Without confirming or denying that the software was sold to India, the company said its “products are licensed to government intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the sole purpose of preventing and investigating terror and serious crime.” ”
Amid the latest controversy, Israel has set up a committee to review NSO Group’s allegations of misuse of surveillance software and has indicated a “review of the entire licensing issue”.