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Following the NSO affair: the Minister of Public Works ordered to re-examine the wiretapping laws - Walla! News

2022-01-24T11:51:38.873Z

Bar-Lev explained that wiretapping procedures are based on old arrangements, and therefore, "there is justification for examining the amendment and adaptation of legislation to the 21st century." This is against the background of allegations of police espionage against civilians using NSO's Pegasus software. If necessary, the minister clarified, the ministry will formulate a new bill on the subject



Following the NSO affair: the BTP minister instructed to re-examine the wiretapping laws

Bar-Lev explained that wiretapping procedures are based on old arrangements, and therefore, "there is justification for examining the amendment and adaptation of legislation to the 21st century."

This is against the background of allegations of police espionage against civilians using NSO's Pegasus software.

If necessary, the minister clarified, the ministry will formulate a new bill on the subject

Shlomi Heller

24/01/2022

Monday, 24 January 2022, 13:38 Updated: 13:49

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In the video: Conflict in the Internal Security Committee over Israel's use of NSO's Pegasus software (Photo: Knesset Channel)

The Minister of Internal Security, Amar Bar-Lev, today (Monday) ordered the employees of the Ministry of Internal Security to re-examine the wiretapping laws and the search law, in the background of allegations of police espionage of civilians using NSO's Pegasus software.



The minister explained that the wiretapping procedures are based on old arrangements, and therefore, "there is justification for examining the amendment and adaptation of the legislation to the 21st century," he said.

He said the purpose of the procedure was to "clarify and clarify the limits of what is allowed and forbidden in the use of advanced technological means for enforcement purposes," and that if necessary the ministry would formulate a new bill on the subject.

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Bar-Lev (Photo: Reuven Castro)

This week, an investigation was published in Calcalist, which shows that the police tracked Israelis using NSO's Pegasus software, which was implanted remotely in telephones, without court approval and supervision.

The software took over the phones of protesters, employees of a government company, opponents of the Pride Parade and even mayors and close associates of a senior politician, eavesdropped on their phone calls and watched their correspondence.



The follow-up was conducted, among other things, to find evidence of crimes that citizens were suspected of committing or involved in, or to find information that would help put pressure on detainees.

Following the publication in the political system, they called for the establishment of a committee of inquiry into the matter, and some members of the Knesset even demanded the dismissal of the commissioner.

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