France investigates alleged spyware use against dissidents: Report

The prosec­utor’s office said on Tuesday that it opened an investigation into a raft of pote­n­tial charges, inclu­ding viola­tion of privacy, illegal use of data and illegally selling spyware

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France | snooping controversy | Spying

As is common under French law, the investigation doesn’t name a suspected per­petrator but is aimed at deter­m­ining who might eventually be sent to trial

The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating the suspected use of spyware to target journa­lists, human rights activists and poli­tical dissidents. The prosec­utor’s office said on Tuesday that it opened an investigation into a raft of pote­n­tial charges, inclu­ding viola­tion of privacy, illegal use of data and illegally selling spyware.

As is common under French law, the investigation doesn’t name a suspected per­petrator but is aimed at deter­m­ining who might eventually be sent to trial.

It was prompted by a legal complaint by two jour­nalists and French investigative website Mediapart.

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First Published: Tue, July 20 2021. 23:26 IST

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