As an ethical hacker, my job is to help protect those who are unable, or lack the knowledge, to help themselves.
The extent and scope of intelligence agencies’ ability to intercept communications and collect information is mind-boggling.
Using classification strategies to get legal sanction for new, controversial technologies is not unique or a one-off.
Indians are routinely subjected to government surveillance on a staggering scale -7500 to 9000 telephone interception orders by the Central Government each month!
Apart from the conflation of commercial data protection and privacy, the right to privacy bill has ill-informed and poorly drafted provisions to regulate surveillance.
The absence of a statute expressing the legislative will of a democracy to forge a common understanding of privacy is a matter of concern,
The Central Monitoring System project is being tested and put in place without the sanction of a specific Act of Parliament.
In India, the laws that allow communications interceptions are minimal, do not conform to global best practices or accord protections afforded by the laws in other liberal democracies.
As we protest the US intrusion into our lives, could we be more vigilant of the intrusions in our own backyard and speak up about them as well?
The secrecy with which fiendishly vast surveillance powers are being exercised flies thick in the face of all constitutional and legal principles.