Snooping row: Govt defends order allowing 10 central agencies to monitor, decrypt 'any' computers, opposition slams move – Times of India

Snooping row: Govt defends order allowing 10 central agencies to monitor, decrypt 'any' computers, opposition slams move – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday

central agencies to intercept “any information” on computers +

, saying the authorization was given under old rules. The opposition was, however, up to arms over the issue.

Responding to Congress leader Anand Sharma’s charge in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the issue was raised before the all information. “On December 20, the same order of authorization was repeated that was since 2009. You are make a mountain where a molehill does not exist,” Jaitley said.

“When senior members from opposition raised an issue every word spoken by them is valuable value and hence they must know facts,” Jaitley told the House.

Only two ‘insecure dictators’ in Indian history: Amit Shah to Rahul

Hitting back on Rahul Gandhi on his “insecure dictator” barb at PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah said on Friday that India has seen only two “insecure dictators”, the one who imposed an emergency and others who are unauthorized access to letters common citizens

He said the rules under which agencies were authorized to


were framed in 2009 when the Congress-led UPA government was in power. The authorization has been issued under the same rules. Since the act has been done in order to authorize the order of authorization is to repeat, he said.

The order was issued by the agency of 10 agencies like the Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate to intercept, monitor, and decrypt “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource section 69 of the IT Act, 2000). “The order was passed by the ‘cyber and information security’ division of the Union home ministry under the Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.

According to the order, the subscriber or service provider or any person in charge of the computer resource will be able to extend all facilities and technical assistance to agencies. Failing to do so will invite seven-year imprisonment and fine.


The opposition has called the order ‘unconstitutional, undemocratic and an assault on fundamental rights’. Parties including the CPM, the Samajwadi Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress said that they will collectively protest the Home Ministry’s order, adding that BJP government is a surveillance state in the country.

“From Modi government to stalker government, clearly the string of losses has left the BJP government for the information,” The Congress said on its official Twitter handle.


The Congress president alleged that the government is trying to change into a “police state”.


But the government was quick to hit back

BJP president, Amit Shah, immediately hit back at Rahul’s barb In a series of tweets, he accused the Congress president of “fear mongering” and playing politics with national security.

Yet again Rahul makes fear-mongering and plays politics with national security UPA has no barriers on unlawful sur …

– Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1545398506000

There were only 2 insecure dictators in the history of India. One imposed emergency and the other wanted unrestric …

– Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1545398480000

Section 69 of the IT Act deals with the “power to issue” directions for interception or


or decryption of any information through any computer resource “. It provides that the government or any of its officers or any of its officers should not intercept or decrypt any information for the purpose of national security.

According to the government, the recent notification does not offer any new powers. Adequate provisions are provided in the IT Act 2000. Similar provisions and procedures already exist in the Telegraph Act along with identical safeguards The current notification is analogous to the authorization issued under the Telegraph Act. The whole process is also subject to a strong review mechanism as the case of the Telegraph Act.

In 2009, the UPA government had brought the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) rules, 2009 to define the procedure and safeguards for such interception.

According to these rules, ‘no person will carry out the interception or decryption of any information except by the competent authority’. It also states that the competent authority may authorize the government to intercept or decrypt information.

However, although the UPA government made it compulsory that only authorised agencies could carry out surveillance, it did not specifically name the authorized agencies, which left the ruling open to abuse for illegal and illegal surveillance.

The Ministry of

Home Affairs

(MHA) said this will ensure that any interception, monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource is done as per the law. Every person will continue to require prior approval of the home ministry or the state government, the


said, also clarifying that it has not delegated its powers to any law enforcement or security.

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