Surveillance Technology Is on the Rise in Latin America

By Natalie Southwick

Officials scrambling to address crime—and, sometimes, spy on opponents—are turning to surveillance technologies with little oversight.

The New York Times reported last month that Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s top human rights official and a personal friend of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was repeatedly targeted with Pegasus spyware while investigating abuses by the Mexican military. It was the latest in a series of scandals revealing Mexican law enforcement’s expensive love affair with one of the world’s most notorious hacking tools. Forensic analysis has confirmed the use of Pegasus, a tool licensed to government agencies that enables full remote access to a target’s device, to target journalists and...

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