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India’s Supreme Court decision to investigate the allegations of “unlawful” and “unauthorized” surveillance of its citizens using Israeli spyware has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government under fire. According to the court order, it’s alleged that the Pegasus spyware—created by Israeli technology firm NSO Group—was used to hack hundreds of phones in India, including those owned by ministers, opposition leaders, journalists, activists, and Supreme Court judges, among others. Pegasus is a powerful piece of spyware that secretly unlocks mobile phones and allows access to everything on them, including cameras and microphones, the court order states. According to NSO, its technology is sold solely “to law enforcement and intelligence agencies of vetted governments for the sole purpose of saving lives through preventing crime and terror acts.” In a late-October ruling, the Supreme Court of India has ordered the establishment of a three-member technical committee to investigate whether the government used the software …