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Invasive Spyware Technologies and Their Implications

Elizabeth Chien-Hale, Angelos Keromytis, Hun-Yeong Kwon, Shmuel Sunray, and Cyrus Vance

The impact of information-gathering technology has issues spanning from cross-border regulations, privacy violations, just to name a few.  Pegasus has emerged, in recent years, as one of the most effective and therefore notorious invasive technologies blocked by cell phone makers, targeted by human rights organizations, and welcomed by governments and other organizations that want to spy on certain segments of the population.  As the controversy grows, we explore these issues from several angles:  the technology, the violations, and the enabler/accomplice liabilities.  This panel aims to present a 360-degree view of spyware technology.  A panel of industry and legal experts—the parent company, the human rights watch groups, companies which have fallen victims to Pegasus—will be convened to do a deep dive on the technology, its history, uses and misuses, and what can be done going forward.  Disruptive technologies in this area will continue to emerge and the panelists and the audience can together explore possible national and international legal regulatory solutions for similar problems going forward. 

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.