Pegasus case

HCLU takes coordinated domestic and foreign legal action

The secret services have essentially unlimited data collection powers in Hungary. There are no strict conditions for surveillance, and even these are not subject to independent control. The Pegasus case has shown that this is not a theoretical problem: the telephones of Hungarian citizens were hacked without any national security reason. Yet it is a natural and basic need of every human being to have a domain of their life to which no one has access, except for themselves. We cannot talk about human dignity where we become completely transparent to the state. That is why we have decided to take action in all possible fora on behalf of those affected by the Pegasus case, in order to prevent politically motivated surveillance.


We are launching a series of proceedings against the Constitutional Protection Office (CPO) under the Ministry of the Interior and the Information Office (IO) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to bring these abuses to light and to bring justice to our clients.


As there are several international aspects to the abuses—the spyware was produced by an Israeli company and an EU citizen living in Hungary was targeted with it—we are also launching international proceedings.