Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understanding increasing state surveillance in India, measures to safeguard privacy. Synopsis: There seems to be a concerted effort to create a surveillance state, monitor free flow of information and use technology to control instead of empowering citizens. Increasing rate of surveillance in India and measures that must be taken to counter… Continue reading Pegasus scandal points to the making of a surveillance state in India
Introduction Recently, a global collaborative investigative effort, titled the Pegasus project, revealed that Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware targeted over 300 mobile phone numbers in India. As per reports, at least 40 journalists, Cabinet Ministers, and holders of constitutional positions were possibly subjected to surveillance. The reports are based on a leaked global database… Continue reading Pegasus spyware issue – Explained, pointwise
Source: Livemint Syllabus: GS3 – Security Relevance: Implications of the Pegasus issue Synopsis: Pegasus issue has crucial national security and geopolitical dimensions that must enter the national debate. Conflict b/w liberty & national security Information governance (the way in which information is used and managed) in liberal democracies has two key goals: First, to protect… Continue reading What Pegasus says about cyber power and our national security?
Introduction A list of persons allegedly targeted by Pegasus spyware was released by a multi-organisational investigation involving news organizations, cybersecurity specialists, and Amnesty International. The list includes over 1,000 Indians, including at least 40 journalists, several members of Parliament. While the government has denied any wrongdoing or carrying out any unauthorized surveillance, but these revelations… Continue reading State of surveillance in India – Explained, pointwise
United States National Security Agency(NSA) is planning to end the highly controversial, once-secret, surveillance program for counter terrorism.It used to annually collect hundreds of millions of telephone call records to analyze the data for clues. The program was disclosed by Edward Snowden. It then became a focus of debate about maintaining balance between privacy and… Continue reading NSA surveillance programme to be shut
The Central government in its affidavit has told the Supreme Court that its notification allowing 10 central agencies to monitor on people is in fact a measure (a)to protect citizens’ privacy (b)to ensure that only authorised agencies have access to data and (c)to ensure that surveillance is carried out as per law. The government had… Continue reading Order on surveillance meant to protect privacy, govt. tells SC