On December 20th Indian Government gave legal authority to 10 agencies which can intercept, monitor or decrypt information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.

These agencies can look into your computer and can reach to any data stored in your device.

The government has given these agencies this power under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Rule 4 of the Information Technology Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information Rules, 2009.

The ten agencies which government have identified and given power are:

  • The Intelligence Bureau.
  • The Narcotics Control Bureau.
  • The Enforcement Directorate.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes.
  • The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • The National Investigation Agency.
  • The Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW).
  • The Commissioner of Delhi Police
  • The Directorate of Signal Intelligence (for service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East, and Assam only).
Agencies To Monitor Personal Data

According to reports, these agencies could only track data at the movement, but now they have the power to monitor any data revived, stored and generated.

  1. This means not only your calls emails or browsing these agencies can also track any data stored on your device, and even now have the power to seize the equipment.
  2. The notification also made it clear that any Subscriber or Service provider will have to provide the entire corporation and is bound to extend all facilities.

If the person refuses to corporate, then it may face seven years in jail and a fine.

The order had come under attack by opposition parties.

Ravi Shankar Prasad IT Minister of India, came out to defend the decision of Modi Government — Saying this has been going on from a long time and now the interception will be done in a structured manner on the defined ground of security.

Citizens of India expressed there concern over this matter on Twitter.

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