Dear Standing Committee, We Have Some Questions on Pegasus

On July 28, 2021, the Standing Committee on Information Technology will be having its sitting on the subject ‘Citizens’ data security and privacy’. In light of the revelations related to the Pegasus spyware that have been made since July 18, 2021, we wrote to the Standing Committee with specific questions for the Ministries of Home Affairs (MHA), Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and Communications (MoC).

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Is it time for a joint representation signed by a broad array of rights organizations and individual Indians, addressed to Dr. Sashi Tharoor, chair, parliamentary standing committee for Information Technology – asking for a report on the previous Pegasus enquiry and open hearings and a timely report of the planned July 28th meeting and any follow-up hearings/meeting?

(Similar representations, with suitable media coverage have been helpful in the past, e.g., when GoI was trying to make Aarogya Setu mandatory for everything:

45 organizations and more than 100 prominent individuals push back against the coercion of Aarogya Setu ) @aparatbar @Anushka

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Thank you Sir, we will definitely keep this as a strategic option to explore once the sitting on Wednesday is done.

Sounds good! The sooner we get some clarity and accountability on this rather frightful matter, the better!