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Monday, 19 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market - Digital Services Act: adapting commercial and civil law rules for commercial entities operating online - Digital Services Act and fundamental rights issues posed - Framework of ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies - Civil liability regime for artificial intelligence - Intellectual property rights for the development of artificial intelligence technologies (debate)

  Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI). – Mr President, last July, the Guardian reported that many Catalan politicians, among them collaborators of MEP Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó, are being spied on illegally through Pegasus, a software that operates through WhatsApp and sells only to governments.

Since the confirmation that the Spanish Government uses Pegasus to illegally spy on political opponents, there has been no judicial investigation and no one has resigned over this scandal. After all, in Spain, using illegal means, including censorship of web pages, is a routine practice to prosecute Catalan dissidents.

What did the European Commission have to say about this scandal? Nothing. They feel they have the right to preach about fundamental rights all over the world: in Russia, in Belarus and even in the US, but when the abuse happens inside the EU, they selectively use the internal matter mantra and when it applies to Spain violating laws, the Commission is embarrassingly blind.

The Digital Services Act must prevent companies and governments that collude to store data illegally and must also punish Member States that abuse digital technology against citizens.

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