Spyware revelation


If spyware created by NSO Group, an Israeli technology firm, are exclusively used by government intelligence/law enforcement agencies as claimed by the firm, it is clear that in the present case too, some such agency was the intended beneficiary (Front page, “Govt. questions WhatsApp after spyware is used for snooping,” Nov. 1). The government has rightly asked WhatsApp to explain the breach. But, the issue of identifying the agency at whose instance the spyware was used is no less important. Significantly, the reported statement of Information Technology Minister R.S. Prasad makes no reference to this crucial aspect. Going by conventional wisdom, no foreign intelligence agency is likely to have been interested in snooping on Indian journalists, activists and others. Given this, the needle of suspicion does seem to point to one or more of our own departments. The government needs to clear the air immediately as the matter impinges on the freedom of expression of millions of Indians who have so far been using WhatsApp without any fear of being snooped on by a ‘Big Brother’.

G.G. Menon,

Tripunithura, Kerala


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