Big brothers are watching you: Govt reveals rules for electronic snooping

The government follows a 2011 protocol for electronic snooping, it revealed in a recent court hearing

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Nitin Sethi
In December 2018, the government notified 10 security agencies and authorities that would be allowed to carry out surveillance
of all electronic communications, internet-based activity and computers. The agencies were notified to do so under Information Technology Act, 2000. When it faced criticism from some quarters, the Union government responded to say that it was merely ensuring that specifically-listed agencies get to use the long-standing surveillance powers under the IT Act, which were operationalised by subordinate rules formulated in 2009.
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First Published: Mar 13 2019 | 9:36 PM IST

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