After Pegasus scandal, Mexico banned in Israel

Just days after Apple formally filed a lawsuit against the parent company of Pegasus malware, NSO Group, Mexico has been removed from the list of countries to which Israeli companies can sell surveillance technology, according to The Times of Isrel.

According to the Network for the Defense of Digital Rights (R3D), the Israeli government itself explained that the reduction of the list, from 102 to 37 countries, will allow it to maintain supervision over exports of technological products, although there was no express mention of the issue of Pegasus and in particular the close relationship of malware with reports of its use in Mexico. “If confirmed, this decision is testimony to the serious abuses that have been committed in Mexico with surveillance technologies,” R3D director Luis Fernando García said on the matter.

“Israel must also guarantee cooperation for the clarification and disclaimer of abuses committed in Mexico with surveillance technologies from his country,” Garcia said in a statement published by R3D.

Weeks ago the United States Department of Commerce announced that NSO Group will be eliminated from the list with which the country can maintain commercial relations, precisely due to its alleged participation in “transnational repression”, in reference to the capabilities that Pegasus would have given to governments. that they acquired. Shortly after, Apple’s lawsuit took place to hold the NSO Group responsible for surveillance made with Pegasus on iPhone users.

With Apple’s demand, the US veto, and Mexico eliminated from the list of countries to which Israeli surveillance technology can be exported, it does not seem that the resolution of the Pegasus case and its use in our country is close. According to the Financial Intelligence Unit, Mexico was one of the major clients of Pegasus and the existence of a contract of 32 million pesos for the purchase of software in 2014 was even confirmed in mid-2021.

That is one of the reasons why Mexico scored six out of ten for internet freedom from the US human rights organization Freedom House.

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