Israeli police used NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware to spy on Israeli citizens, according to an investigation by Calcalist.
Calcalist notes that police used the Pegasus to prosecute politicians and activists who opposed the former Israeli prime minister. At the same time, law enforcement agencies acted without a warrant and court supervision.
Interestingly, Israeli law only allows the Shin Bet, the country’s internal security service, to hack phones without a court order. Moreover, the only context in which the agency is allowed to carry out such activities is to prevent a terrorist attack involving Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, or Israeli Jews. There is no such exception for the country’s police. However, according to Calcalist, Pegasus is not directly subject to existing Israeli laws.
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