Archiv: PEGA Committee (European Union) / investigation in spy affairs in EU institutions and member states


24.09.2022 - 16:40 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Staatstrojaner Pegasus: Polnische Regierung versetzt EU-Abgeordnete

Sophie in ’t Veld, Berichterstatterin im Ausschuss, war bei ihrem Auftritt sichtlich verärgert. Der Ausschuss sei sich bewusst, dass so gut wie alle EU-Mitgliedstaaten Staatstrojaner einsetzten. In einigen Staaten geschehe das jedoch nicht, um die Sicherheit der Bürger:innen zu schützen, sondern richte sich gegen die eigenen Bürger:innen. Spionagesoftware sei hier zu einem Werkzeug autoritärer Regierungen geworden.

„Ich habe den Eindruck, die nationale Sicherheit ist eine Tür zu einem Raum der Gesetzlosigkeit geworden“, sagte in ’t Veld, „in dem nationale Regierungen sagen können: Ab hier gelten eure Regeln nicht mehr und die EU hat nichts mehr zu sagen.“ Sie forderte von der EU-Kommission, in solchen Fällen härter durchzugreifen. Gleiches gelte für Europol: Wenn Mitgliedstaaten die Behörde nicht von sich aus zur Mithilfe bei Ermittlungen rund um den Skandal bitten, müsste sich diese selbst einmischen.

14.09.2022 - 09:26 [ BBC ]

Greece wiretap and spyware claims circle around PM Mitsotakis

(08.09.2022)

„It all goes back three years, when I started investigating a series of wrongdoings that involved Greek banks and the EU bailout money used to save them from bankruptcy at the peak of the financial crisis,“ Koukakis told the BBC.

After his initial reports, he began looking into a potential cover-up – a task that involved talking to members of the judiciary. He believes it was the Mitsotakis government that decided to place him under surveillance in order to eavesdrop on his exchanges with judges and their assistants.

13.09.2022 - 09:37 [ GreekReporter.com ]

European Parliament Probes Wiretapping Scandal in Greece

(09.09.2022)

Triantafillou reportedly observed that official investigations into privacy breaches seem to move slowly while investigations into media leaks move much faster.

MEPs agreed on the need to urgently investigate spyware companies, pointing to the risk of evidence destruction.

They highlighted the negative consequences for democracy, media freedom, and freedom of expression.

11.08.2022 - 07:05 [ Haaretz ]

Pegasus Spyware Maker NSO Has 22 Clients in the European Union. And It’s Not Alone

European lawmaker Sophie in ‘t Veld, who is a member of the Pegasus inquiry committee, told Haaretz: “If just one company has 14 member states for customers, you can imagine how big the sector is overall. There seems to be a huge market for commercial spyware, and EU governments are very eager buyers. But they are very quiet about it, keeping it from the public eye.”

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“We know spyware is being developed in several EU countries. Not least Italy, Germany and France,” in ‘t Veld said. “Even if they use it for legitimate purposes, they have no appetite for more transparency, oversight and safeguards. Secret services have got their own universe, where normal laws don’t apply. To an extent, that has always been the case, but in the digital era they have become all-powerful, and practically invisible and totally elusive.

09.08.2022 - 20:00 [ europarl.europa.eu ]

Welcome to the website of the PEGA Committee of inquiry!

On 10 March 2022, the European Parliament decided to set up the PEGA Committee to investigate alleged infringement or maladministration in application of EU law in relation to the use of Pegasus and equivalent spyware surveillance software. In particular, the PEGA Committee is asked to gather information on the extent to which Member States or third countries are using intrusive surveillance to the extent that it violates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.

During its twelve-month mandate our Committee, with its 38 Members and 38 substitute Members, will make use of various methods to investigate the alleged violations: it will hold hearings with experts, victims and other persons, request studies and briefings and undertake fact-finding missions when needed. The investigations shall be concluded with the submission of a final report.

09.08.2022 - 19:53 [ ORF.at ]

EU erhielt die zwölfte Cybersicherheitsorganisation

(04.07.2021)

Ein aktuelles, schlagendes Beispiel dafür ist die Neufassung der deutschen Cybersicherheitsstrategie. In Deutschland ist es Teil dieser Strategie, gewisse neuentdeckte Software-Sicherheitslücken für Polizei – und Geheimdienste offenzuhalten, die deutsche Cyberbehörde ZiTis soll die zugehörige Trojaner-Schadsoftware für mehrere Dutzend deutsche Bundes- Landesbehörden entwickeln.

09.08.2022 - 19:47 [ Kathimerini ]

EU Commission calls for investigation of phone tapping scandal

Hipper said it is the responsibility of each member state to investigate such matters, adding that “the Commission expects national authorities to thoroughly investigate any such allegation in order to restore public confidence.”

09.08.2022 - 19:43 [ Kathimerini ]

Greek president calls for investigation of phone tapping scandal

The government has said it will back a request by the opposition for a parliamentary investigating committee on the issue.

The European Commission is also monitoring the case. Cypriot MEP George Georgiou, vice-chair of the EU’s PEGA committee investigating malware surveillance software, has also sent a letter to the committee proposing a mission to Greece to investigate the allegations.