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On Tuesday, Parliament’s new inquiry committee investigating the usage of Pegasus and different spyware and adware had its first assembly, electing a Chair and three Vice-Chairs.
The new committee is tasked with investigating the usage of Pegasus software program and different equal spyware and adware, and held its constitutive assembly on 19 April. Members elected the next MEPs to steer the committee’s work:
In this primary assembly, MEPs additionally heard from specialists who outlined their analysis into Pegasus and different equal spyware and adware:
You can re-watch the assembly on the Parliament’s multimedia centre.
Newly-elected committee chair Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL) stated: “We have seen many cases where innocent people such as journalists and lawyers have been targeted by spyware, and this is a huge problem for democracy and the rule of law. We will now gather information about the use of Pegasus and other equivalent software, and channel these findings into useful recommendations.”
Following the alleged use of the Pegasus surveillance spyware and adware towards journalists, politicians, legislation enforcement officers, diplomats, legal professionals, enterprise folks, civil society actors and different residents, the European Parliament determined in March to determine a brand new committee of inquiry to research the usage of Pegasus and different surveillance spyware and adware, and whether or not this use has breached EU legislation and elementary rights. The Committee is scheduled to submit a closing report after 12 months.