Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Brussels, 24 October 2022

This week, the Inquiry Committee on Pegasus and equivalent spyware will host a series of hearings on spyware’s impact on privacy, democracy, elections, and fundamental rights.

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, the Spaak building, room 3C50

When: Wednesday 26 October 9.00 – 11.00 and 15.00 – 18.30; Thursday 27 October 09.00 – 12.30

On Wednesday morning, MEPs will hear from industry representatives in the hearing “Big Tech and Spyware II” – a follow-up to an earlier hearing with a similar theme.

Guest speakers:

In the afternoon from 15.00 CEST, they will discuss the impact of spyware on the right to online privacy and private communications with the following speakers:

Thursday’s hearing focusses on spyware’s impact on fundamental rights, democracy and elections. MEPs will discuss the issues with:

Panel 1: The impact of Spyware on Fundamental Rights
Panel 2: The impact of Spyware on Democracy and Electoral Processes
  • Krzysztof Brejza, Member of the Sejm, targeted with Pegasus during election campaign
  • Giovanni Sartor, Part-time Professor at Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna and at the EUI
  • Iverna McGowan, Director, Europe Office of Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Ronan Farrow, Investigative reporter and contributing writer to the New Yorker
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