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Opposition Parties To Meet President Over WhatsApp Surveillance Row

BP World Bureau | Nov 05 2019 10:58:12 AM
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A group of opposition parties will be approaching Indian President Ram Nath Kovind to seek his intervention for a probe on the recent WhatsApp hacking controversy.

Congress is leading the opposition parties to meet the president to keep the controversy regarding that WhatsApp hacking alive. The issue will also be raised in the parliament when it opens.

If the opposition parties don't get to meet the president, they have signed a memorandum drafted by the party, which will be sent to the president. 

Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha told the group that an appointment with the president is being sought. 

Read: Praful Patel, Santosh Bharatiya Among Users Targeted by Spyware On WhatsApp 

WhatsApp had revealed in a lawsuit that as many as 1400 users have been targeted by an Israel based spyware Pegasus by the NSO. NSO said in a statement that they will fight against the allegations and the technology is sold to government based individuals or organisations. 

The technology is used to surveil possible threats, anti nations and others. 

As per reports, the same technology got Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed. 

Many Indian journalists, activists and politicians were also being watched by the spyware which has the ability to read communications and switch camera or microphone of the device. 

Read: "My Phone Was Tapped", Mamata Banerjee 

Congress accused the ruling BJP of spying on the opposition as the NSO had said that the technology is sold to the government.

Congress said that Uttar Pradesh AICC general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi's phone was also hacked and she received a message notifying her of the same. 

Congress said that the BJP was fully aware of the hack and the spyware was used to hack cellphones in the run-up the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

The party also questioned who authorized and which agency that purchased the technology and deployed to hack the phones illegally.

BJP, on the other hand, denied these allegations and sought an explanation from WhatsApp. 

Read: WhatsApp Spyware Controversy: Statements From Both Ends