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Companies like NSO can’t sell products to non-government elements: Israeli envoy

By PTI

New Delhi: Companies like NSO cannot sell their products to non-government actors, newly-appointed Israeli ambassador to India Naor Gilone on Thursday termed the spyware Pegasus as an “internal thing” for New Delhi.

His remarks at a press conference came after questions on Israeli NSO Group’s allegations of unauthorized surveillance using spyware Pegasus and whether the Indian government had approached Israel on the issue.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the matter.

The Israeli envoy said that what is happening in India regarding Pegasus is an internal matter of the country.

“I won’t go into more details. NSA is a private Israeli company. Every export of NSO or such companies requires an export license from the Israeli government. We only give this export license to export to governments,” he said. .

“It is the only main requirement that they cannot sell it to non-government actors. What is happening here in India is an internal thing to India,” he said.

An international investigative association had claimed that several Indian politicians, activists, businessmen and journalists were potentially targeted by NSO Group’s phone hacking software.

The Supreme Court has set up a three-member independent expert panel to probe the alleged use of Pegasus for targeted surveillance in India, observing that the state cannot get a “free pass” every time a national security threat arises and This mere call cannot make the judiciary a “mute spectator” nor can it become a coward from which it runs away.

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