GR Parliament approves spy operations reforms
The case has turned up the heat on the conservative government that faces elections in 2023. It emerged in August when Nikos Androulakis, leader of the socialist PASOK party, Greece's third-largest, said that EYP listened to his converstations in 2021.
A few days earlier, he filed a complaint with prosecutors over an attempted bugging of his mobile phone with surveillance software.
The bill criminalises the sale or possession of spyware and makes the private use of spyware a felony from a misdemeanour, punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment.
It also sets up an academy of counter intelligence for the training of EYP staff and a unit to investigate cases of breach of duty.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the bill a "brave institutional response" to a challenge that goes beyond Greece.
Mitsotakis, who brought EYP under his control after taking office in 2019, has apologised to Androulakis, saying the EYP operation was politically unacceptable despite being legal and that he was unaware of it.
Before the vote, PASOK accused the government of seeking accomplices by asking the opposition to approve the bill.
"The case is not closed, it is and will remain open until the truth is revealed," party representative Michael Katrinis told parliament.
The government announced its plan to ban the sale of spyware last month, after leftist newspaper Documento reported that more than 30 people, including ministers, had been under state surveillance via phone malware.
The government has denied any involvement in the case.