Tech Giants Urge 9th Circ. Not To Overturn WhatsApp Ruling

Law360 (December 22, 2020, 12:05 AM EST) -- Google, Microsoft, Cisco and other tech giants on Monday implored the Ninth Circuit to reject Israeli spyware company NSO Group's sovereign immunity bid, arguing in an amicus brief that allowing private companies to dodge liability for their cyber-surveillance tools ramps up the risks that they fall into the wrong hands.

In July, U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton denied the surveillance software firm's bid for immunity from WhatsApp's suit, which accuses it of breaching U.S. computer crimes law by using malware to spy on human rights lawyers, journalists and political dissidents on behalf of its government clients. WhatsApp is owned by...

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