Probe Into Pegasus Report Opened by Data Protection Authority

  • 9 Aug 2021 10:13 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Probe Into Pegasus Report Opened by Data Protection Authority
Hungary's data protection authority NAIH on Thursday said it has launched an official investigation into the Pegasus spyware case.

The investigation into press reports that the spyware licenced by the Israeli NSO Group had been used to hack the mobile phones of specific targets in multiple countries has been launched in line with Hungary’s laws on the right to informational self-determination and freedom of information, NAIH said in a statement.

The authority added that it will release no further information until the investigation is concluded.

Regarding press reports that some 300 Hungarians, opposition politicians and journalists among them, were wiretapped using the Israeli-developed spy software, the chief of the PM’s office Gergely Gulyás earlier insisted there were no allegations of unlawful actions in the reports. “If everything was done within the bounds of the law, all is well,” he said.

No one was wiretapped because of their political views or because they are journalists, he added.

In late July, opposition lawmakers held a demonstration in downtown Budapest, accusing the government of spying on people “for thinking critically about the regime and asking critical questions”.

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