Uproar over Union home ministry's move to allow agencies to intercept, monitor data

Centre mulling amendments in section 79 of Information Technology Act; may also ask for breaking of end-to-end encryption


The Union home ministry has been receiving lot of flak for granting ten agencies powers that will allow them to intercept, monitor and decrypt any "information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”.

There are also reports about the Centre considering to bring in amendments to section 79 of the Information Technology Act. It will also make it a must to remove end-to-end encryption in order to trace the origin of messages.  

The Internet Freedom Foundation has tweeted that the draft changes reflect the Chinese model of censorship.

The changes were considered in a closed-door meeting between the ministry of electronics and IT, and members representing Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, ShareChat, SEBI and the Internet Service Providers Association of India.  

The Centre has reportedly allowed the social networking sites time till January 7 for responding to the demands.


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