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India Govt Agencies Can Now Snoop On Any Computer

12/21/2018 1:57:29 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

Investigating agencies in India will have more sweeping powers to intercept and monitor information on computers. A new home ministry order gives 10 central agencies powers of "interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer".

The agencies are the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, CBI, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in Jammu and Kashmir, North-East and Assam only) and the Delhi Police Commissioner.

"For the first time, powers of scanning data at rest have been given to various agencies. Earlier, only data in motion could be intercepted. But now data revived, stored and generated can also be intercepted as powers of seizure have been given," reported NDTV.

Earlier, the government had authorised agencies to tap phone calls after permission from the union home secretary. The order was last updated in 2011 and helps agencies to seek details social media accounts and telephone interception, reports the Indian Express.

According to the notification, the subscriber or service provider or any person in charge of the computer resource will be bound to extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies. Failing to do so could lead to up to seven years’ jail and a fine.

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