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Israel spyware ‘Pegasus’ used to snoop on Indian activists, journalists, lawyers
This post has been authored by Ritwik Sharma, a graduate of Amity Law School, Delhi and a practicing Advocate. In a quick read, he brings out the threat to privacy posed by the proposed Automated Facial Recognition System.
On 28th June 2019, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released a Request for Proposal for an Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) which is to be used by the police officers in detecting potential criminals and suspects across the country.
For the first time since the Investigatory Powers Tribunal’s (IPT) establishment in 2000, a complaint against a UK intelligence agency has been upheld. The IPT, which oversees Britain’s secret agencies, is one of its most secretive and deferential courts. In a judgment last week, the IPT announced that the intelligence-sharing rules between the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its British equivalent Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) governing the exchange of information collected through ‘mass surveillance of internet communications’ were against UK human rights law.
The tribunal ruled that “the regime governing the soliciting, receiving, storing and transmitting by UK authorities of private communications of individuals located in the UK, which have been obtained by US authorities … contravened Articles 8 or 10 [of the European Convention of Human Rights]”. Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) confers the right to respect for private and family life and Article 10 of the ECHR confers the right to freedom of expression.
(Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/6YSTmq)The following is the last in a series of two posts on the Electronic Surveillance laws in India, brought to us by Anurag Dasgupta, CNLU Patna.
FEW OTHER STATUTES WHICH AIM AT REGULATING SURVEILLANCE IN INDIA
(Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/6YSTmq)The following is the first in a series of two posts on the Electronic Surveillance laws in India, brought to us by Anurag Dasgupta, CNLU Patna.