From Washington Examiner:

“The challenge is where some governments will use this outside of the accepted norms to repress dissent, affect freedom of the press, or for their own private uses,” said Bryson Bort, CEO of SCYTHE , a cybersecurity vendor.

It would be challenging to limit Pegasus’s use for only criminal and terrorist investigations, he told the Washington Examiner. “Any protections that were built into the platform could be removed, and the inherent operation of such a platform would be done without the vendor’s access or oversight,” he added.

NSO Group has called some of the reporting on Pegasus “full of wrong assumptions and uncorroborated theories.” The company has said the surveillance tool is used to break up pedophilia and sex-trafficking rings, locate missing children, and combat terrorism.