It is also possible now for the government to read everything that is saved in your computer, so investigating agencies could use their phones, PCs and other devices, read and read all data if they feel necessary. The Government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt all information contained in any computer system.

The government says that this notification will ensure that interception, surveillance or decryption is done under the law, that anybody else prevents unauthorized use of powers.

The agencies that would be performing his task are:

  • The Intelligence Bureau
  • Narcotics Control Bureau
  • Enforcement Directorate
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes
  • Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
  • Central Bureau of Investigation
  • National Investigation Agency
  • Cabinet Secretariat (RAW)
  • Directorate of Signal Intelligence (For service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Assam only)
  • Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

The order signed by Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary of the Union, notes that: “In exercising the powers conferred by Section 69 (1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000) and Rule 4 of the Information Technology Rules (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information), 2009, the Competent Authority hereby authorizes the following Security Rules:

Worryingly, according to the order, the subscriber or service provider or any person in charge of the computer resource shall be obliged to extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies. Failure to do so will call for seven years ‘ imprisonment and fine. Several leaders of the opposition parties have spoken out against this order.

But the talk of privacy in our country is a more nuanced subject and not so loud as to say that India is now a state of surveillance. India is well on its way to becoming a state of surveillance, with the government tracking everything from the medicines you buy and cameras watching you everywhere. A ton of tweets shows disagreement with this order.

VERDICT:

It is correct that if too many government bodies are empowered to carry out targeted surveillance under too many general circumstances, this could be a problem. However, targeted monitoring or investigation is also needed. Otherwise, it is almost impossible to investigate a crime in 2019 or to register criminals.