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More questions on Pegasus

India needs more transparent checks and balances

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snooping controversy | Business Standard Editorial Comment | Supreme Court

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  Mumbai 



The government’s reluctance to file a simple affidavit in the about the deployment of Pegasus spyware will inevitably add to widespread suspicion that the fundamental right to privacy of ordinary citizens was violated by government . This case is yet another pointer to gaping holes in the legal system. One lacuna is, of course, the lack of a specific law to protect the private and personal data of citizens. Another is the opacity of the process of official surveillance: How it is ordered, on what grounds, by whom, against whom, and with what oversight. There are no answers to those questions and governments hide behind the catch-all phrase of “national security” when any questions are asked.

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First Published: Tue, September 14 2021. 22:45 IST

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