The move comes after widespread condemnation from several quarters and the clamour for an investigation from Israel's President, cabinet ministers and politicians, who have dubbed these allegations as disturbing and deeply concerning.
The Israeli spyware Pegasus and a missile system were the "centrepieces" of a roughly $2 billion deal of sophisticated weapons and intelligence gear between India and Israel in 2017, according to the report in The New York Times.
An international investigative consortium had claimed that many Indian ministers, politicians, activists, businessmen and journalists were potentially targeted by the NSO Group’s phone hacking software.
The guild submitted that citizens of India have a right to know if the government is infringing upon the limits of their authority under the Constitution and what steps have been taken to safeguard their fundamental rights.
The Bill empowers the central government to prohibit strike and lockouts in any industrial establishment or unit engaged in essential defence services.
Mamata Banerjee told reporters that she discussed COVID-19 vaccine supply, COVID-19 situation, renaming of West Bengal, and the Pegasus Spyware case with the Prime Minister.
The petition, likely to come up for hearing within next few days, sought to investigate if the illegal hacking into the phones using the Pegasus spyware represented an attempt by agencies and organisations to muzzle and chill the exercise of free speech and expression of dissent in India.
The former home minister said that based on investigations by an international group of journalists, news portal "The Wire" has reported that there was "an Indian client of the NSO Group".
This will be first formal inquiry into allegations that between 2017 and 2019 an Indian client of Israel's NSO Group used Pegasus to hack hundreds of phones of opposition leaders, journalists and government officials.
Here are the biggest developments in the world of technology for the week ended July 23.
Soon after the obituary references and laying of papers, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan moved a motion for Sen's suspension after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) member snatched papers from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and tore those in the House on July 22.
The Centre must find out the truth about the spying row and build adequate safeguards to ensure data privacy
The toolkit that was developed by Amnesty to enable users to check for malicious apps that may have infected their devices can be used to find out if the Pegasus spyware developed by Israel’s NSO Group to snoop in on journalists, ministers, and businessmen, has extracted data from your phone too.
In a live virtual address to mark Martyrs’ Day to pay homage to the 13 persons who had died at a Youth Congress rally in Kolkata in 1993, the Bengal CM said that the Central government should be “plastered” to save the country.
The French presidency said that if the revelations about Macron's phone being tapped were true, they would be very serious.
In its tweet Signal commented on the government's new IT laws that require messaging apps to break encryption, 'trace' chats and identify users in a conversation chain.
A day after a stormy start, Parliament proceedings on its second day on July 20 witnessed high-voltage protests over the ‘Pegasus Project’ report with the Opposition training guns at the government. Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned over protests by Opposition members.
“The report by Forbidden Stories is full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories that raise serious doubts about the reliability and interests of the sources. It seems like the ‘unidentified sources’ have supplied information that has no factual basis and are far from reality,” the NSO Group said in a statement.
TMC’s Sukhendu Sekhar Ray has given a 267 notice, seeking suspension of Rules of business in the Rajya Sabha, for a discussion on Pegasus. AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha on the issue while Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the issue.
In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said the minister should answer if the government acquired the Pegasus software/spyware.
Shah also hit out at 'rudderless' Congress for jumping on to the Pegasus bandwagon and trying to derail anything progressive that comes up in Parliament.
Spyware is a malicious tool designed to extract data from an user's device
An international media consortium reported on Sunday that more than 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including of two serving ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders and one sitting judge besides scores of business persons and activists in India could have been targeted for hacking through an Israeli spyware sold only to government agencies.
The spyware was discovered on the phones of many prominent journalists and activists
The report published by The Wire revealed that at least 300 Indian phone numbers, including those of over 40 senior journalists, opposition leaders, government officials, and rights activists were found on a leaked database of targets for hacking that used Israeli spyware 'Pegasus',