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Computer surveillance order violation of right to privacy: Popular Front

by Rinku Khumukcham
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IT News
Imphal, Dec 26,

Popular Front Chairman E Abubacker in a statement has termed the order by the Ministry of Home Affairs which allowed security and intelligence agencies to monitor, intercept and seize in any computer resource ‘a grave violation of the right to privacy of a citizen’.
The order puts people’s privacy at the mercy of 10 of the country security and intelligence agencies. This is directly against the letter and spirit of the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court which upheld the right to privacy as a fundamental right. Privacy is freedom. We have a long history of investigating agencies manipulating and fabricating evidences against innocents in favour of the parties in power. Conferring this amount unrestrained power to so many agencies to monitor is dangerous weapon for the governments against people and allows room for all kinds of misuse. It is to be remembered that it is the same government which argued in the Supreme Court that privacy is not a fundamental right. First and foremost, this will be used to monitor and eliminate all kinds of opposition and political dissent.
It is welcoming that the Congress leaders have come strongly against the order now. But they did not act any different when they were in power. The present order was issued by making use of the provisions of The IT Act 2000, which was passed by UPA Government. We call upon democratic forces to oppose and defeat the order that take away people’s freedom.   

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