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Opinion: Eavesdropping Legislation Allows for Abuse

PRIVACY LAW—INDIA

March 28, 2011

It has taken about two years for the first signs of misuse to appear after the Indian government passed legislation allowing it to eavesdrop on electronic communication and block Web sites for national security purposes. It is unclear what threat the recently blocked Web sites posed to national security, opines Rahul Bhatia in The Wall Street Journal, adding that vague rules surrounding the legislation may lead to many more abuses and do not reference individual's privacy rights; the guidelines that the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team use to block sites are considered classified information. "Nobody even knows how widespread the blockade is. There's no hint of the process involved," Bhatia writes, calling the practice "undemocratic." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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