Governments have been hacking into people’s privacy for years.
Some of the technology to do it is for sale and tens of thousand of politicians, journalists, lawyers and activists have been targeted.
The system’s called Pegasus. It’s from an Israeli spyware company called NSO.
Thanks to evidence collected by the Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, it seems there are 50-thousand people whose phones have been selected.
Most of the numbers were in Gulf Countries and North Africa. But others include India, Pakistan and France.
So, how much of a threat is advanced technology to privacy and human rights?
Presenter: Rob Matheson
Rasha Abdul Rahim, Director of Amnesty Tech at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.
Ronald Deibert, Founder and Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School
Madawi al-Rasheed, visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics.
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