Kolkata, November 2: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday, November 2, alleged that her phones were also being tapped by the Central government. The Trinamool Congress president has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "take care" of the issue. Speaking to media, she said that mobile phones of journalists, as well as her landline, are also being tapped. WhatsApp Shared 'Pure Technical Jargon' Without Mentioning Pegasus in May Alert, Claim Government Sources.
Banerjee said that the government is fully aware of WhatsApp breach. "My phone was also tapped and I have said this many time before. It is a serious breach of security. The PM should look into the matter," she said. WhatsApp Says ‘Notified Indian Authorities in May’ About Snooping, Assures to Safeguard Citizens’ Privacy.
"Land phone bhi tap hai! Mobile bhi tap hai! To hum kya karega? Leukoplast Laga ke baitha rahega? (Landline and Mobile are being tapped. So what should I do? Seal lips with Leukoplast?)," West Bengal Chief Minister said.
West Bengal CM on Whatsapp Snooping:
"Land phone bhi tap hai! Mobile bhi tap hai! To hum kya karega? Leukoplast Laga ke baitha rahega???" 🙄 pic.twitter.com/vUP02xsCCn
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The Trinamool president said that all politicians and bureaucrats were being spied by the government. "All officers, politicians phone are being tapped. This is happening at the behest of the central government and two state governments. I will not name the states but one is a BJP ruled state of these two," she claimed.
Banerjee’s reaction came a day after Facebook-owned messaging platform, Whatsapp said it had informed the Indian authorities about a privacy breach that had targeted several human rights activists, lawyers and journalists.
WhatsApp has accused Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group of helping government spies to target phones of 1,400 users across the world. The NSO, however, has denied allegations.