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EU Parliament calls for ‘de facto moratorium’ on spyware; a slap for Greece

Lawmakers adopted on Monday (8 May) a non-binding report and recommendation on the use of Pegasus and other spyware in the EU, calling for an effective ban on the technology unless certain conditions are met by the end of the year. The documents result from an ad hoc committee set …

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Greece’s chief prosecutor says he would have stopped audit into communications company

In an interview at the Delphi Economic Forum,the chief prosecutor of Greece’s Supreme Court, Isidoros Dogiakos,said on the wiretapping scandal, that had he knew the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (ADAE) was checking biggest telecommunications company in the country, the OTE, he would had prevented it. “The opinion of the prosecutor of …

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EU Prosecutor probes Greek “Predatorgate”

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has launched an investigation into the use of illegal Predator spyware in a wiretapping scandal that has shaken Greek politics, EURACTIV has learnt in an exclusive story.. Several sources confirmed to EURACTIV that upon the request of the European Parliament’s PEGA Committee, the inquiry …

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Wiretapping scandal: Tsipras tables censure motion against government

Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras tabled a motion of censure against the conservative government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday afternoon. Tsipras tabled the motion “in defense of democracy, transparency and justice” one day after he received an official response regarding the confirmed wiretapping of six people – politicians …

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Supreme Court prosecutor’s threats on wiretapping triggers outcry in legal community

The prosecutor of the Supreme Court Isidoros Dogiakos, threatens the members of the independent Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE) with prison sentences if they continue the checks on mobile phone providers for the surveillance. Independent Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE) no longer has the authority to …

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PM Mitsotakis ends abruptly debate on surveillance bill, leaves Plenary

“Whatever you had to say Mr. Tsipras, you have said it, the debate ends” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, packed his papers and left the Parliament Plenary where the debate on the surveillance bill was held. On a post with the video, SYRIZA-affiliated newspaper Avgi noted wryly:”The moment Mitsotakis runs …

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Wiretapping: Leader of PASOK-KINAL appeals to ECHR

Leader of Greece’s socialist PASOK-KINAL party, Nikos Androulakis, appealed to the European Court of Human Rights on Monday over the wiretapping of his mobile phone. Androulakis appealed to the ECHR for the wiretapping of his mobile phone, complaining that he was not given the opportunity to be officially informed of …

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Privacy watchdog ADAE says it was not consulted on draft wiretapping bill

Greece’s independent watchdog on communication privacy ADAE expressed its “surprise and institutional displeasure” that it was not consulted on a draft law on wiretapping published by the government. In a statement published on Wednesday, the Hellenic Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE) said the draft bill “drastically changes the …

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Bill tightens wiretapping procedures by Greece’s National Intelligence

Greece’s  government has posted online for public consultation a draft legislation with the aim to optimize the wiretapping procedures the National Intelligence Service (EYP) is required to take to wiretap citizens. At the same time, the draft bill updates the process of lifting the confidentiality of communications, and upgrades the …

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Wiretapping: FM Dendias remains -still- loyal to PM Mitsotakis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Monday that he is “fully satisfied” by the Prime Minister’s pledge to shed light on the wiretapping scandal, after two   newspapers alleged he was among those targeted via phone malware. “I would also like to say that my cooperation with the Prime Minister is …

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Greece to ban sale of spyware amid wiretapping scandal

Greece will soon ban the sale of spyware, the government said on Monday, after a newspaper report that more than 30 people, including ministers and business people, had been under state surveillance via phone malware. A list of persons whose phones were allegedly infected with the Predator malware was published …

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Wiretapping scandal: SYRIZA MP’s phone infected with Predator spyware

The wiretapping scandal in Greece reached a new level on Friday, when SYRIZA MP and former Citizen Protection Minister Christos Spirtzis (SYRIZA) filed a lawsuit at the country Supreme Court. His phone was wiretapped with spyware Predator, in the same period as of PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis and journalist Thanassis …

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Ruling ND MPs abstain from voting to establish wiretapping inquiry committee

Members of the Greek Parliament voted on Monday evening to set up a committee of inquiry into the wiretapping of the mobile phone of PASOK-KINAL leader Nikos Androulakis. The motion received the backing of 142 opposition MPs of the total 299 lawmakers present at the voting procedure. All 157 MPs …

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Wiretapping: 3 in 4 Greeks believe PM Mitsotakis has “personal responsibility”

Three in four Greek citizens, 75%, believe that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has personal responsibility for the wiretapping, public opinion poll by the Public Issue has found. 19% of Greeks believes that he does not have. According to the same poll, one in three (35%) of New Democracy voters believes …

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Wiretapping in Parliament: Long “debate” but no answers; opposition wants PMs’ resignation

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated on Friday that the “legal surveillance” of MEP and leader of socialist opposition party PASOK/KINAL Nikos Androulakis by the National Intelligence Service EYP was “a mistake.” Speaking at the Parliament debate on the wiretapping scandal, the PM added, however, that EYP’s operation is essential …

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