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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eva Kaili
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Serious violations of personal data protection laws by NSO spyware

As has been widely reported in the international press, Pegasus spyware developed by the the Israeli company NSO has provided interested parties with access (even via the popular WhatsApp application) to the mobile phones of thousands of people virtually worldwide, mainly political dissidents and journalists.

Following a lawsuit filed by Omar Abdulaziz, a friend and associate of assassinated Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it has emerged that NSO offices in Cyprus were used to develop and sell spyware.

In the light of these alarming developments, will the Commission say:

Has it investigated at Union level and in cooperation with Member States whether the company's continuing activities comply with Union rules, given that the EU lays down strict rules regarding products traded by Member States with third countries and on the use of personal data gathered illegally?

What action will it take in respect of the company in question if it is proved by the authorities that it flouted European control legislation and failed to obtain the relevant sales licence?

Does it have any information on whether European nationals, activists or journalists have fallen victim to this spyware?

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