Help Us Fight Global Surveillance: Challenge to NSO Pegasus Spyware

by Pegasus Claimant Group

Help Us Fight Global Surveillance: Challenge to NSO Pegasus Spyware

by Pegasus Claimant Group
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Latest: Aug. 16, 2021

David Haigh joins our claim!

Prominent human rights activist - David Haigh, former managing director of Leeds United and founder of Detained International - has joined our claimant group.

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We are raising money to investigate a legal challenge into surveillance by Pegasus spyware. 

Spyware sold by an Israeli surveillance company, called NSO Group, has been implicated in the suspected targeting of world leaders, human rights activists and journalists. This is an alleged misuse of the spyware by foreign governments which may have been unlawful. We are investigating litigation as a means of redress for those who may have been affected.

The claimant group currently includes a member of the House of Lords, human rights activists, prominent academics and leaders of civil society organisations:

  • David Haigh – Human rights lawyer and co-founder of Detained International
  • Baroness Manzila Pola Uddin – Member of the House of Lords
  • Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed – Spokesperson of the NAAS Party, Academic & Professor at LSE
  • Raghad Altikriti – President of the Muslim Association of Britain
  • Anas Altikriti – CEO & Founder of The Cordoba Foundation
  • Dr Azzam Tamimi – British / Jordanian Academic
  • Mohammed Kozbar – Chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque
  • Yahya Assiri – Secretary General of the NAAS Party & Human Rights Activist
  • Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei - Director of Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy

The spyware came to prominence following an investigation into a leaked batch of 50,000 telephone numbers carried out by Amnesty International’s Security Lab and a collaboration of journalists across ten countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories, including The Guardian in the United Kingdom. The investigation is known globally as ‘The Pegasus Project’.

Once the spyware is installed on a target’s phone it is alleged to have the ability to carry out a range of functions, such as activating the camera and microphone, and exfiltrating data including location data, emails, calendar items, contacts, photos and videos. It was also purportedly able to bypass the encryption of messages in apps such as WhatsApp.

The spyware is intended to be used only for national security or law enforcement purposes. If it was used outside those contexts, this represents a staggering breach of privacy. It also underscores the dangers of the misuse of this technology. Monika Sobiecki, partner in the Media and Information Law team at Bindmans LLP, said:

The shock of the revelations from the Pegasus Project lies in the fact that the misuse of this surveillance spyware touches us all. No matter where in the world an individual may be, or which country they are a citizen of, they and their family, friends and contacts are all vulnerable to having their most intimate personal data raked over by hostile third parties, including authoritarian regimes and political opponents.

Litigation will pave the way to others seeking redress for the unwarranted intrusions into their privacy and will send a strong signal globally that the development and misuse of this surveillance technology causes real harm to democracy everywhere.

Details:

The claimant group is represented by Tamsin Allen, Monika Sobiecki and Tayab Ali of Bindmans LLP, together with Richard Hermer QC and Ben Silverstone of Matrix Chambers who are instructed as counsel.

We are raising £15,000 for the crucial first stage of carrying out investigations into a potential claim and gathering forensic evidence of targeting with the spyware.


Update 1

Pegasus Claimant Group

Aug. 16, 2021

David Haigh joins our claim!

Prominent human rights activist - David Haigh, former managing director of Leeds United and founder of Detained International - has joined our claimant group.

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