India contests claim on call, mail tapping

The US Department of State’s 2015 country report on human rights practices in India has raised concerns over the central monitoring system (CMS), which provides for authorised interception of voice calls and emails of all phone/internet subscribers in India, highlighting how it allowed government agencies to monitor electronic communications in real time “without informing the…

Privacy is a fundamental right

The Central government has forced the Aadhaar Bill through Parliament in a week. Aadhaar has had an invasive and controversial presence well before the government’s attempt to legitimise it. It has been challenged before the Supreme Court, and in defending it, our Attorney General (funded by our taxes) has argued that we have no right…

What the law says on phone tapping

Unauthorised phone tapping is a constitutional wrong Phone tapping is surely an interference with the civil liberty of citizens.  This was questioned by People’s Union of Civil Liberties before the Supreme Court, which disapproved unguided use of power to intercept and interfere with the telephone communications of persons. However, right to privacy in the form…