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Use of NSO Spyware: State Comptroller Begins Investigation of Police Conduct Towards Citizens | Israel today

2022-01-18T16:06:38.562Z

Matanyahu Engelman began criticism on the use of law enforcement agencies, and in particular the Israel Police • State Comptroller's Office: "The State Audit Office places special emphasis on protecting the privacy of Israeli citizens and residents"



In recent weeks, State Comptroller Matanyahu Engelman has begun criticizing the use of law enforcement agencies, and in particular the Israel Police, in technological means for enforcement purposes.

The audit will also examine the police's alleged use of various software to infiltrate citizens' mobile phones, such as NSO software.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Tuesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. 

"There is no dawn to the allegations," police said.

"All police activity in this area is by law, based on court orders and strict work practices."

It was further emphasized that "the police have increased supervision and control systems inside and outside the organization. We are sorry for the attempt to cause damage to police activities without a basis."

NSO offices, Photo: AFP

The Commissioner of Police, Chief of Staff Yaakov Shabtai, addressed the issue: "I ordered an investigation into all the cases that arose in the article and that allegedly took place several years ago.

The examination revealed that some of the cases were incorrect.

Among other things, such tools were not used in front of black flag demonstrators, telephone calls from heads of authorities and surveillance of elements opposed to the Pride Parade.

These details are incorrect.

"As far as the use of enforcement measures in general is concerned, as stated, everything is done with the necessary legal approvals."



Saturn also noted that "the Israel Police does not use its advanced technological capabilities against innocent civilians and demonstrators. I am proud to combine technological systems that have become an arrowhead in the war on crime, violence and criminals. The use of advanced technology in the fight against crime is a national interest." The law enforcement in Israel and the country's internal security. The criminal world is sophisticated and we will continue to act and do everything to be one step ahead. "Israel, under my leadership, is acting in accordance with the law, with extreme observance of court orders in any use of one tool or another."

The State Comptroller's Office said that "the State Audit Office places special emphasis on protecting the privacy of Israeli citizens and residents. The technological means serve as evidence in the criminal proceedings and raise questions of balance between their usefulness and violation of the right to privacy and other freedoms. "Therefore, the State Comptroller, Netanyahu Engelman, has decided to include in the ministry's work plan that has long been formulated the issue of the use of law enforcement agencies in technological means for enforcement purposes."

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Source: israelhayom

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