RTI reveals 9,000 phones, 500 emails intercepted each month during UPA

Written by December 22, 2018 21:14

New Delhi: Amid the raging debate on ‘snooping order’ by the government on by the state-authorised investigative agencies, an RTI has revealed that this was also done during Congress-led UPA rule.

The RTI reply punches holes in Congress claims that the government is trying to invade into citizens’ privacy by intercepting and monitoring their computers/mobile phones.

Rahul Gandhi to lead ‘Jan Aakrosh’ rallyAccording to the 2013 RTI reply, around 7,500-9,000 phones and 300-500 emails were intercepted every month under the then UPA government.

It clearly blunts the Opposition attack which termed government’s move as ‘snooping’, despite the BJP reiterating that it is being done for the security of the nation, and that no innocent citizen will be affected by it.

The two were also involved in educating Kashmiri youth to bypass state-imposed-social-ban by use of Virtual Private Network (VPN).The information was released by the Ministry of Home Affairs in response to RTI query filed by Prosenjit Mondal.

On Friday morning, the Central Government had passed a notification that authorised 10 agencies for the purpose of surveillance for national security.

The agencies are as follows: Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (For service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Assam only) and Commissioner of Police, Delhi.