In the last days, the Mexican society has recriminated once more to the federal government to have fallen into an illegal and democratically reproachable fact: the espionage to human rights activists and journalists. The Mexican President; Enrique Peña Nieto, has given an apparently guileless answer: ¡I too feel spied!
It is not the first time that our governors justify themselves under the speech of guileless. In 2003, the President Vicente Fox, answered to a survey of Channel 40 related to a problem that had with other tv enterprise, something very peculiar: and why me?
In any case the reality is that the questioning to the Federal Government is not a minor issue. Is the violation to the right of privacy.Right that has been defined by the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in the cases of Massacre of Ituango vs Colombie and Tristan Donoso vs Panama. Therefore, if it becomes true that – with the acquirement of the software known as Pegasus – there began an espionage “personalized” campaign against Human Rights Advocates, anticorruption activists and journalists, the would have to accept its responsibilities, and it would be worthless the guileless.
Of course, it isn’t overlook that the “apparently” guileless answer: ¡I too feel spied! Were true. It has been realized that the problem exists. But, if it is already reproachable that we spy among us, is dramatic that the State makes that to their citizens. The answer doesn’t justify the problem; on the contrary, it shows that the situation is just unsustainable. Undoubtedly, the “Pegasus” incident only showed that the Mexican society was sleeping on a volcano.
About espionage there aren’t official numbers, but there are international observers that have pointed their attention to this matter. For example, in Cyber Security Tendencies in Latin America and Caribbean (Cyber Safety Trend in Latin America and Caribbean) published by the OAS (Organization of American States, in Spanish OEA), has recognized that only in Mexico have been spent more than 3,000 million dollars in the cybercrime related to espionage. The paper ensures that Mexico was the first country where it was used the virus that stole information from the credit cards (Backdoor.Plotus) and from there it expanded all over the world. Even more: according to the Cybercrime Observatory in Latin America reference, the Mexican society spies. The particulars spy other particulars, the institutions to the particulars and vice versa; Mexico spies foreign countries and foreign countries also spy Mexico. Certainly, Mexico has become in the last years in a country of spiers and spied. However, the Mexican government forgets it’s its responsibility protect the citizenship and not invoke, as it did, that itself too feel spied. That doesn’t justify the problem, only probes that the government actions had been inadequate to solve it. Facing this stage, there is a double strategy to solve it. On one hand, in case that the “Pegasus” crime be confirmed, not to leave it impunity, on the other hand, it must be given a step to enforce the culture of respect to the privacy in the Mexican society.