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Health & Fitness Pegasus: Amnesty requests a moratorium on the use of cybersurveillance technologies

14:40  24 july  2021
14:40  24 july  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L ES Revelations on Pegasus spying software reveal "A global human rights crisis" for the NGO Amnesty International, which Saturday asks a moratorium on the sale and use of monitoring technologies before the establishment of a regulatory framework.

The NGO alerts in a statement on "devastating effects on human rights all over the world of a low regulated cybersurveillance sector".

The revelations of the Pegasus project "clearly show the dangers and damage to which people illegally target," said Agnès Callamard, General Secretary of Amnesty International, cited in this communiqué.

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Israeli NSO society, which has designed the software, "is a company among others. It is a dangerous sector that has been working for too long on the limit of legality," says Amnesty.

"It is absolutely urgent that the regulation of the cybersurveillance sector (...) and the control of this sector very opaque", estimates the NGO.

Amnesty International requests that a moratorium be "immediately established on the export, sale, transfer and use of monitoring technologies until a regulatory framework respectful of human rights is put in place".

"The fact that senior politicians have been caught in the nets of surveillance technologies, hopefully, finally alert the states around the world on the imperious need to react by regulating this sector", writes l 'NGO.

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"If the leaders of the planet are thus targeted, it further confirms that the rights of all persons, including those of the human rights activists, journalists and lawyers, are in danger, "says Amnesty.

introduced into a smartphone, the Pegasus software allows you to retrieve messages, photos, contacts, and remotely activate the microphones.

Organizations forbidden Stories and Amnesty International have obtained a list of 50,000 phone numbers, selected by NSO clients since 2016 to be potentially monitored, and shared it with a consortium of 17 media that revealed its existence on Sunday.

The list of potential targets includes numbers of at least 180 journalists, 600 men and women politicians, 85 human rights activists or 65 business leaders, according to the consortium's analysis - which has locked it a lot. Morocco, in Saudi Arabia or Mexico.

The world and Radio France, members of the consortium, revealed that an Emmanuel Macron's telephone line was part of the "numbers selected by a Moroccan state security service (...) for piracy potential."

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