Kerala CM flays Centre over order giving ‘snooping’ powers

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today blasted Centre’s decision to authorize 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt data contained in any computer system. He lamented that the order was an “attack”on individual freedom and the Right to Privacy.

He deplored that it was even more “disturbing” that the media, members of legislatures and even judiciary have not been excluded from the ambit of the order. “The Union Government is pushing the nation into a state of undeclared emergency,” he said in a Facebook post.

The Chief Minister strongly denounced the Home Minister’s notification stating that it was contrary  to the spirit of a Supreme Court order which had held Right to Privacy as a fundamental right.

He also disputed with the contention of the central government that the notification was issued under the IT Act 2000.  “This argument does not have any logic as section 66 A of the IT Act 2000, which penalises for sharing objectionable content online, was struck down by the Supreme Court declaring it unconstitutional,” he added.

He alleged that the order was an attempt to deny democratic rights to citizens who disagree with the RSS and the BJP and it also restricts the freedom of press.

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