India’s Probe Agencies Empowered to Intercept Computer Data

Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet that "the order would convert India into a police state."

FILE - An Indian man surfs the internet in New Delhi. An Indian government order authorizes some federal investigating agencies to intercept any information stored on computers.

An Indian government order authorizing some federal investigating agencies to intercept any information stored on computer has triggered a strong opposition protest in Parliament that described it as an assault on people’s right to privacy.

The opposition parties are demanding an immediate withdrawal of the Home Ministry order. They fear it would give unlimited powers to government agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.

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A security specialist works at a computer station with a cyberthreat map displayed on a wall in front of him in the Cyber Security Operations Center at AEP headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, May 20, 2015. VOA

Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s minister for law and justice and information technology, rejected the opposition charge Friday and said adequate safeguards have been provided to prevent its misuse as it would require authorization from the ministry’s top bureaucrat.

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Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet that “the order would convert India into a police state.” (VOA)

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