New Delhi, November 28: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday appealed to all the parties to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the WhatsApp privacy breach issue. ”I appeal to all the parties to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and investigate the sensitive issue as it is connected to our fundamental rights and national security,” Singh said in Rajya Sabha. Snooping Row: WhatsApp Replies to Government Notice, Apologises For Breach in Security of India Users.
The opposition parties have accused the Centre of “snooping” on journalists and activists.Social media application, WhatsApp had earlier this month revealed that journalists and activists in India were targeted by operators who used Israeli spyware called Pegasus for surveillance. The facebook-owned messaging company stated that it remains committed to protecting all messages of its users.
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Digvijaya Singh, Congress in Rajya Sabha on WhatsApp privacy breach issue: I appeal to all the parties to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and investigate this sensitive issue as it is connected to our fundamental rights and national security. https://t.co/vRb3PzS15U pic.twitter.com/1UNu1uxUn5
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Earlier, Facebook-owned WhatsApp said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unidentified entities, using an Israeli spyware — Pegasus. Members of the panel also questioned the officials about the spyware.
Top official sources said WhatsApp had written to the government expressing “regret” over the Pegasus snooping row, and has assured it that the social media giant is taking all security measures to address concerns. The sources, who requested not to be named, said the government has asked it to reinforce its security wall, and that no more breaches in the messaging platform will be tolerated.