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Home Ministry Tells Lok Sabha That 10 Central Agencies Authorised To Tap Phones

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Centre has authorised as many as 10 central businesses to faucet telephones (Representational)

New Delhi: 

The authorities of India has authorised as many as 10 central businesses to faucet telephones, together with the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and the Intelligence Bureau, the Ministry of Home Affairs advised the Lok Sabha in the present day, including the facility of phone interception is vested and the businesses need to take the Union Home Secretary’s approval earlier than placing anybody on surveillance.

The authorities’s reply got here in response to questions associated to tapping of WhatsApp calls and messages.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy knowledgeable the Lok Sabha that Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, empowers the central authorities or a state authorities to intercept, monitor or decrypt or trigger to be intercepted or monitored or decrypted, any info generated, transmitted, obtained or saved in any pc useful resource within the curiosity of the sovereignty or integrity of the nation.

“This power of interception is to be executed as per the provisions of law, rules and SoPs. Easy such case is approved by the Union Home Secretary in case of central government and by the Home Secretary of the state concerned in case of the state government,” he stated in a written reply to a query.

The competent authority within the central authorities has authorised 10 businesses for the aim: Intelligence Bureau, Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate, Narcotics Control Bureau, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, National Investigation Agency, R&AW, Directorate of Signal Intelligence and Delhi Police Commissioner.

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