The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to respond within six weeks on the reasons for a recent order of home ministry that allowed some agencies Monitor personal computers of citizens..
The Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, issued a notice to the government against the controversial order. However, the Supreme Court has not kept the order.
Last month, the Interior Ministry issued an order authorizing 10 federal government agencies to intercept and monitor information from any computer, a move that opposition parties said would run the risk. creating a “surveillance state”.
The authorization was granted pursuant to Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000. It allows the government to direct any agency in the interests of sovereignty, the defense of India and the security of the state, among other reasons. And especially, according to the order, not just calls or emails, but any information on any computer can be intercepted and devices can be seized.
MHA: the competent authority hereby authorizes the following security and intelligence agencies (in the attached statement) for the purpose of interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource in accordance with said law pic .twitter.com / 3oH9e7vv6T
– ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2018
According to the order, the person to whom the computer belongs must provide access and technical assistance to the aforementioned agencies. If they fail, there will be a penalty of up to seven years.
The agencies that have been granted permission are: the Intelligence Office, the Narcotics Control Office, the National Investigation Agency, the Compliance Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the Revenue Intelligence Directorate, the Central Bureau of Investigation. Cabinet Secretary (R&AW), Directorate of Signals Intelligence (for Jammu and Kashmir service areas, Northeast and Assam only) and Police Commissioner, Delhi.
With inputs from Reuters
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