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‘If You Believe Your Phone’s Not Been Hacked, You’re Living In A Fool’s Paradise’

Gopal Krishna Pillai, former Union home secretary, tells Bhavna Vij-Aurora that hacking and ­surveillance, both official and non-official, are widespread and rampant.

‘If You Believe Your Phone’s Not Been Hacked, You’re Living In A Fool’s Paradise’
‘If You Believe Your Phone’s Not Been Hacked, You’re Living In A Fool’s Paradise’
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2021-08-02T22:23:12+05:30

India’s political firmament has been rocked by alleged use of military-grade private Israeli ­spyware Pegasus to target smartphones of top politicians, journalists and activists. The last time such large-scale ­surveillance was exposed was in 2010 when the National Technical Research Organisation was accused of using off-the-air GSM monitoring machines. Gopal Krishna Pillai, then Union home secretary, tells Bhavna Vij-Aurora that hacking and ­surveillance, both official and non-official, are widespread and rampant. Excerpts:

What do you think is the extent of Pegasus surveillance?

The timing seems motivated to suit the Parliament session, but it’s not just India. It is dealing with 40 other countries where larger violations have taken place. India has 300 cases, while Mexico has some 15,000 cases as per the report. That aside, we don’t have a data privacy law to protect citizens. Hacking and surveillance, both official and non-official, are widespread....

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