(JNS) Opposition lawmakers pressured Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Sept. 4 to clarify whether their government had purchased Pegasus, a telephone surveillance technology which is said to have been used to suppress political dissent in other countries.
Pegasus is produced by the Israeli company NSO Group, and can reportedly monitor devices without the users’ knowledge or consent, including by remote activation of their smartphone cameras and microphones.
Asked whether Poland’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) bought the spyware, Morawiecki replied that “everything that needs to be, will be clarified in due time,” according to the news agency PAP.
The CBA said it had not purchased a “system of ‘mass invigilation of Poles’” and said the accusations “have no backing in the facts.”
According to Panoptykon representatives, Pegagus is illegal in Poland.
NSO Group said its products were developed solely to help governments and law enforcement agencies in emergency situations, such as locating terrorists or rescuing kidnapped children.
However, some human rights groups have said Pegasus is now being used by some governments in order to spy on citizens, including political dissidents and journalists.