New Delhi: The Indian government has denied the news of surveillance and surveillance through the Israeli company Pegasus in the country in the Guardian newspaper. In a detailed reply, the government has described the story published in the newspaper in a sequential manner as factless.
In response, the government said, ‘India is a strong democracy. Which is committed to ensuring the right to privacy as a fundamental right to all its citizens. Continuing this commitment, it has also introduced the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 and the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021, to protect personal data of individuals and protect them from social media platforms. to empower users.”
The government said, “Commitment to freedom of expression as a fundamental right is the cornerstone of India’s democratic set-up. We have always tried to get an aware citizenry by emphasizing a culture of open dialogue. However, questions sent to the Indian government indicates that the story being fabricated is one that is not only devoid of facts, but is also founded in preconceived conclusions. It seems that you are trying to play the role of an investigator, prosecutor and jury. “
“Considering the fact that the answers to the questions asked have already been in the public domain for a long time, this also points to the poorly conducted research and the lack of due diligence by the respected media organizations involved,” the statement said. The Government of India’s response to a Right to Information application regarding the use of Pegasus has been reported prominently by the media. This is to counter any malicious claims about the alleged linkage between the Government of India and Pegasus. is sufficient.”
India’s Minister of Electronics and IT has also elaborated in Parliament that while there is no unauthorized surveillance by government agencies, it is important to note that government agencies have a well-established protocol for surveillance, with only national The interest includes approval and supervision from high-ranking officials in the central and state governments, for obvious reasons.
There is no solid basis or truth behind the allegations of government surveillance on specific people. Similar claims were made in the past regarding the use of Pegasus on WhatsApp via India, those reports also had no factual basis and were explicitly denied by all parties, including WhatsApp, in the Supreme Court of India. Thus this news report also appears to be a similar fishing campaign based on speculation and exaggeration to defame Indian democracy and its institutions.
India has a well-established process through which legitimate surveillance of electronic communications is carried out for the purpose of national security. Request for these lawful interception of electronic communication in accordance with the relevant rules under the provisions of section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and section 69 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2000, especially on the occurrence of any public emergency Or in the interest of public safety, it is done by the Central and State agencies, each case of interception, monitoring and decryption approved 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 the IT (Process and Security for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009. There is an established oversight mechanism in the form of a review committee headed by the Union Cabinet Secretary. In the case of State Governments, such matters are reviewed by a committee headed by the concerned Chief Secretary.
The process therefore ensures that any interception, monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource is done in accordance with due process of law. The government has clarified in its reply that the printed story is bogus and the factless story has been published with prejudice.
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