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Malaysian Govt spyware use unconstitutional, call for action

The news that the Malaysian Government uses spyware developed by a Milan-based company called Hacking Team has got an Internet rights organisation calling for an independent probe, while a lawyer pointed out that such use on citizens would be unconstitutional.

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Khairil Yusof (pic), cofounder of the Sinar Project, an NGO (non-governmental organisation) that advocates transparency in governance, said that Members of Parliament (MPs) should call for the establishment of a bipartisan parliament oversight committee to ensure that the Government “is not doing anything illegal, in this case digital spying of citizens.”   “There must be a PAC inquiry on this, and the findings made public on possible unconstitutional government actions,” he told Digital News Asia (DNA) via email, referring to the Malaysian Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).   “We also repeat the call that there is a strong need for a civil society digital rights watchdog, with technical and legal capacity to ensure continuous monitoring and to hold government accountable for issues such as this,” he added.

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