Investigating the WhatsApp hack — Parliament probe might trump the judiciary
- India’s IT Ministry will have its
Parliamentary Committeewill be taking up the WhatsApp hackon November 20.
- Meanwhile RSS activist,
KN Govindacharya, is trying to get the Supreme Court’s attention.
- Lawyers feel the petition will only result in the government citing national security and sealed cover.
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The chairman of the committee explained that there had been a number of requests for comments on the disclosure of ‘snooping on Indians’, according to the Indian Express.
As we were informed when the scandal broke, the software is only sold to government or government affiliates. Going… https://t.co/vHjXSbHQMT— Gautam Bhatia (@gautambhatia88) 1572877774000
In the name of national security
Facebook filed a lawsuit against the Israeli security firm, the NSO Group, claiming that the privacy of 1,400 users was compromised by spyware — Pegasus. Overall, 121 Indian users were reportedly hacked — of which two dozen were activists, journalists and lawyers.
None of them have come forward to file their own FIRs yet.
Among those targeted by the surveillance are human rights defenders, many of whom are lawyers. They have the locus… https://t.co/JXiL3XmBsB— Gautam Bhatia (@gautambhatia88) 1572877896000
Some people believe that it’s not a strong case to begin with. “This is a case that is just asking for the government to come to court and shout “national security”+”sealed cover” as they have been known to do at the drop of a hat,” tweeted Bhatia.
In January 2006, Amar Singh — a politician — filed a petition with the Supreme Court that his phones were being tapped. At the time, the Supreme Court barred the media from publishing any excerpts from these leaks. Five years later, the case was dismissed stating that Singh suppressed facts relevant to the case.
Rata Tata, then chairman of the Tata Group, along with NGO Center for Public Interest Litigation, filed a petition to restrict the circulation of these tapes because it violated his right to privacy.
That petition is still pending judgement.
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