The Standing Committee on Information and Technology, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, is likely to discuss another issue, which could actually cause a rift between the opposition parties and the ruling party. The issue of alleged phone tapping has taken the Parliament by storm and no business has taken place in the last two days.
A week later, the IT committee, according to the official instruction, will focus on the evidence of representatives of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Communications (Department of Telecommunications) on the subject of information security of citizens.
Former Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on Twitter on Wednesday, “Three hearings were held in 2019 on papayas. The committee heard representatives of hacking victims, and secretaries of IT, telecom and MHA. This was part of two broad topics, “Citizens Data Data Privacy and Security” and “Cyber Security”, which are under discussion. ‘
It is learned that the Congress party and others, including the TMC, are taking up arms against the government over alleged phone tapping leaks and gas gas software.
The names of politicians, media personnel and prominent citizens – who were allegedly the target of phone tapping between 2017-2018 – have come out through a series of leaks. According to the opposition, many questions remain unanswered as to whether the Indian government gave the Israeli software the power to hack the phones of the above individuals and who is paying for this hacking.
Tharoor wrote in a portal online portal that NSO only sells gas to gas-selling governments and if the Indian government says they have not done it, some other governments have done it, it is a serious national security concern. It has been proved that the phones checked in India were attacked by Pegasus.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the report was made by obstructors to defame India. He said, “People always associate this sentence with me in a light vein, but today I want to say seriously – the time of selective leaks, the interruptions… you chronological society! This is a report by blockers for blockers. Obstacles are global organizations that do not like India to progress. “Obstacles are India’s political players who do not want India to progress. The people of India are very good at understanding this chronology and connection. ”
On Monday, amid chaos, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnavi issued a statement on the floor of the Lok Sabha denying the snooping charge. He was supposed to make a big statement in the Rajya Sabha but could not do so due to constant interruptions.
An official statement from the central government reads:
India is a strong democracy committed to ensuring the right to privacy as a fundamental right to all its citizens. To further this commitment, it has also introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 and the Information Technology (Mediation Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 to protect the personal data of individuals and empower users of social media platforms.
The commitment to free speech as a fundamental right is a cornerstone of India’s democratic system. We have always strived to achieve informed citizenship, emphasizing a culture of open dialogue. However, the questionnaire sent to the Government of India indicates that the fabricated story is one that is not only devoid of facts, but also established in a pre-conceived conclusion. It looks like you are trying to play the role of investigator, prosecutor as well as jury.
The answers to the questions asked in view of this fact have already been in the public sphere for a long time, it also shows the poorly done research and lack of proper diligence by the principal media institutions involved.
The Government of India’s response to the RTI application regarding the use of gas gas has been clearly noted by the media and is sufficient to counter any malicious claims regarding the alleged connection between the Government of India and gas gas.
India’s Minister of Electronics and IT has also spoken in detail, including in Parliament, that there has been no unauthorized interference by government agencies. It is important to note that government agencies have an established protocol for obstruction, which includes the approval and supervision of high-ranking officials of the Central and State Governments, only for obvious reasons in the national interest.
There is no concrete basis or truth associated with the allegations of government surveillance on specific people.
In the past, similar claims have been made by the Indian state regarding the use of gas gas on WhatsApp. Those reports also have no factual basis and were explicitly rejected by all parties, including WhatsApp, in the Indian Supreme Court.
In this news report, the same fishing campaign seems to be based on speculation and exaggeration to discredit Indian democracy and its institutions.
India has a well-established process by which electronic communication is legally prohibited for the purpose of national security, especially in the event of any public emergency or in the interest of public safety, by central and state agencies. Requests for this legal suppression of electronic communication have been made in accordance with the relevant provisions under Section 5 (2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and Section 69 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2000.
Each case of disruption, monitoring and decryption is sanctioned by the competent authority i.e. the Union Home Secretary. These powers are also available to the competent authority in the State Governments as per IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 200 per.
There is an established oversight mechanism in the form of a review committee chaired by the Union Cabinet Secretary. In the case of State Governments, such cases are reviewed by a committee headed by the concerned Chief Secretary.
This process ensures that any interruption, monitoring or decryption of any information by any computer source is carried out in accordance with due process of law.
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