Israeli agencies were spying on strategic ally India?

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Israeli agencies were spying on strategic ally India?

NEW DELHI - The Government of India, concerned by the threat to privacy posed by an Israeli spyware on WhatsApp, has asked the Facebook-owned messaging service to submit a detailed report by November 4.

The response is sought on the issue of Indian journalists and human rights activists on WhatsApp allegedly being targeted by the Israeli spyware, DNA has reported.

WhatsApp has claimed that Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.

Seeking an answer to this, the Information and Technology (IT) Ministry on Thursday asked WhatsApp to explain the breach and the requisite steps that can be taken to safeguard the privacy of citizens. Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Government of India is concerned at the breach of privacy of citizens of India on the messaging platform Whatsapp.

''We have asked Whatsapp to explain the kind of breach and what it is doing to safeguard the privacy of millions of Indian citizens,'' Prasad said in a tweet.