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The government of India has now asked the Whatsapp to explain the breach of privacy for the Indian users who were quickly targeted by the Israeli spyware earlier this year in 2018. It also revealed that attempts to malign the government for the reported breach were also completely misleading, and strict action would be going to be taken against those who were found to be guilty of violating the law.
The government of India, in a statement, revealed that India is committed to protecting the fundamental rights of the Indian citizens, which includes the right to privacy. It is even clarified that the government even operates strictly as per the provisions of law and even laid down some of the protocols. There are, as of now, some of the adequate safeguards to make sure that there are no innocent citizens that will be harassed or his privacy breached.
At least two of the activists on the snoop list have told the role of the government, which was also emphatically denied it.
The Israeli NSO, the cybersecurity company, also believed to have used the spyware, according to the report revealed, that the technology is not even designed or licensed for the use against the human rights activists and journalists, and is even licensed only to vetted and legitimate government agencies. As Facebook has also sued the NSO, accusing it of with the Whatsapp to spread the malware.
The IT and Union Law Minister Ravi Prasad revealed that also hit out at the opposition Congress, accusing it of snooping on the highly reputed individuals, at the instance of one family.
Mr. Prasad’s statement came after the Whatsapp has confirmed that there are various Indian users that have been targeted by the Israeli Spyware earlier this year in the hacking spree that includes the lawyers, activists, journalists, and senior government officials. The journalist’s activists are believed to have been spied on for the two weeks in the month of April. Whatsapp parent company Facebook has also sued the Israeli cyber security company NSO for alleging it used the Whatsapp servers to spread malware to 1400 across the 20 countries. Pegasus, spyware developed by the NSO, was used to break into the smartphones.
The government of India is also concerned more about the breach of privacy of citizens of India on the messaging platform Whatsapp. We have even asked the Whatsapp to explain the kind of breach and what it is going to safeguard the privacy of millions of the Indian citizens, revealed Mr. Prasad.
The government is much more committed to protecting the privacy of all Indian citizens. Government agencies have a well-established protocol for the inception, which includes the supervisions and sanction from the highly ranked officials in the state and central government, for the clear stated reasons in the national interests, revealed the minister.
As per the controversy erupted this morning, the Congress alleged that the government had been caught snooping and should even be taken to the Supreme Court.
Modi Government has been caught snooping, Appealing, but not surprising. After all, the BJP Government fought against our right to privacy. As it has also set up a multi-crore surveillance structure until stopped by the Supreme Court. The court must even take the immediate action cognizance and issue some of the notice to the BJP Government, said by the Congress spokesperson.
He also revealed and posted that a government that spied on the activists/journalists/opposition leaders and treated its own citizens like the criminals has even lost a right to lead in our democracy.
In a sharp rejoinder, Mr. Ravi Prasad reminded the congress of snooping scandals on this watch.
Those who are trying to make the political capital out of it need to be surely and gently reminded about the bugging incident in the office of the then eminent Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the time of the UPA regime. Also, a gentle reminder of the local spying over the then Army Chief General VK Singh. These are some of the instances of breach of privacy of highly reputed individuals, for the personal whims and fancies of a family.