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Pegasus Surveillance Concern For Women Who Speak Out

BP World Bureau | Jul 31 2021
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A group of 500 activists and academics have appealed to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) demanding action against the Pegasus Surveillance case, citing how it has become a concern for women who speak out against powerful people. 

Letter mentioned how a Supreme Court staffer who accused ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment in 2019 was a target of Pegasus spyware.

Letter noted that the Pegasus scandal is deeply concerning for women who speak out because their lives are wrecked by such surveillance in a bad way.

"Human rights defenders have been imprisoned, and victims of sexual harassment have also not been spared such shocking forms of state-sponsored cyber-crimes," mentioned the letter.

Read: Pegasus Spying Controversy: What You Need To Know 

Pegasus is a mass surveillance software and is manufactured by the Israel-based NSO Group.

Pegasus transforms phones into a surveillance tool that extracts messages, photos, and locations, activating the microphone to record people.