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The government of India authorizes 1o security and intelligence agencies to lawfully monitor, intercept and decrypt data stored on any computer, internet traffic and other data flows.

Following are the 10 agencies

  • Central Bureau of Investigation
  • National Investigation Agency
  • Research and Analysis Wing,
  • Intelligence Bureau
  • Narcotics Control Bureau
  • Enforcement Directorate
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes
  • Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
  • Directorate of Signal Intelligence and the Commissioner
  • Delhi Police.

This notification does not give any new powers, these powers are already available with the authorities and this statutory order issued has been framed in accordance of 2009, reads the press release.

The new order is to ensure the interception, monitoring or decryption of any information is done according to the law.

If an individual or an entity who doesn’t comply with the law will face jail upto 7 years or need to pay fine.

Since these rules are framed in 2009, no agencies have been notified under the rule but now the mystery is solved and it will avoids delays for service providers in sharing the information, said a senior official.

“Notification has been issued to notify the Internet Service Providers, Telecommunication Service Providers, intermediaries etc. to codify the existing orders. The order has been issued to ensure that any interception, monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource is done as per due process of law. It will also prevent any unauthorised use of these powers by any agency, individual or intermediary,” said Bharat Bhushan Babu, the MHA spokesperson to Hindustantimes.

Every individual case will continue to require prior approval of Home ministry or state government. MHA has not delegated its powers to any law enforcement or security agency.

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