10 central agencies given powers to spy on all computers
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on Thursday enabling 10 central agencies to pry on any computers in the country “for the purposes of interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored”.
The order was issued by Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba under the Information Technology Act, 2000. The 10 Security and Intelligence Agencies authorized by the ministry include:
An earlier order of the ministry had authorized agencies to tap phone calls. While the new order enabled the agencies to intercept any sensitive information and if required, they could seize the devices.