India authorizes 10 agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt citizens’ data

On Thursday, the Indian government gave ten agencies the legal authority “to intercept, monitor or decrypt information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.”

The order, approved on December 20 by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, is an expansion of India’s IT Act of 2000 and effectively gives the Indian government the legal power to snoop on all its citizens’ Internet traffic, and the authority to request access to any encrypted information.

Individuals and entities who don’t comply with requests to intercept, monitor, or access citizens’ data face up to seven years in prison or a fine.

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Source: ZDNet