Government Surveillance India Agencies 10 security agencies to intercept monitor decrypt information generated

Government bid to monitor and decrypt information is an assault on privacy

Free Software Movement of India condemns the Ministry of Home Affairs notification issued on December 20, permitting 10 security agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt information "generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource". Under this notification, which seems to involve an expansion in the power of the authorities concerned, not only communication but also data on devices is vulnerable to monitoring and decryption. The notification is utterly against the spirit of recent Supreme Court judgments on privacy and Aadhaar and the Srikrishna Committee Report on Data Protection, and turns the clock back on the privacy framework and the rights of Indian citizens.