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Central Database Has Advocates “Up in Arms”

SURVEILLANCE—INDIA

May 9, 2013

Privacy advocates are concerned after the Indian government introduced a central monitoring system (CMS) designed to give authorities access to citizens’ phone calls and online communications. The plan aims to thwart terrorism attempts, but the CMS will be accessible by law enforcement and tax authorities and allows the government “a single point of access to ‘lawfully’ intercept voice calls and texts, e-mails, social media and the geographical location of individuals,” The Register reports. Activists claim privacy laws aren’t strong enough to protect citizens against such powers.
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