Supreme Court Issues Order over Government’s Online Snooping

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The Supreme Court passed an interim order over electronic online monitoring and decrypting activities of the Centre over the years on Monday.

The Central government had passed order basing on national security to 10 government agencies for extracting information from social platforms and electronic devices on 20th December.

The following agencies involved were Narcotics Central Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, National Investigation Agency, Research and Analysis Wing and Delhi Police Commissioner, Directorate of Signal Intelligence.

The Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation and tax department already have this privilege.

This issue has caused uproar in the Upper House and has been termed “dangerous”.

But under the Information Technology Act and rules, these agencies are already wielding this benefit.

In the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley voiced, “Authorised agencies have right under the law to intercept any attempt to subvert national security, defence, public order or integrity of India.”

While the opposition leader Congress President Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet, “Converting India into a police state isn’t going to solve your problems Modi ji. It’s only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians what an insecure dictator you really are.”

The apex court has announced the next hearing on this issue after six weeks.

 

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