Indian government wants to tap into your WhatsApp messages, other social media
- Information and Broadcasting Ministry to set up a hub to collect, analyse citizens’ digital and
- SC said that it will be “like creating a surveillance state”.
- SC issued a notice and sought a reply from the Centre within two weeks.
Under the project, media persons would be employed for every district to be the “eyes and ears” of the government and they would need to provide real-time updates from their location. The document mentions that the platform is expected to provide automated reports, tactical insights and comprehensive work-flows on initiating engagement across digital channels.
On a plea made by
Moitra’s advocate informed the court that the government has issued A request for proposals and the tender for creating the hub shall be opened on 20 August. “They want to monitor social media content with the help of this social media hub,” the advocate said, pointing out that this will be done by tracking their social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and
The bench then said it is listing the matter for 3 August, before the tender is opened and the Attorney-General or any law officer from the government will be assisting the court in the matter.
This is not the first time that the court is hearing such a plea. On 18 June this year, the court had been requested an urgent hearing on similar issues without much resulting from it.