The Supreme Court today has carefully observed the decision that has been taken by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in order to set up a social media hub for monitoring online data. Regarding this, the court has observed that if the government will track and regulate the social media content of its citizens than India will become no less than a surveillance state for sure.
Regarding the matter, a bench which was shared by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and other Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud today issued a notice to the Centre which was in context with a plea requested by Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator Mahua Moitra who tried to took assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal in the matter.
“The government wants to tap citizens WhatsApp messages. It will be like creating a surveillance state,” the bench said.
Regarding this, a Senior advocate A M Singhvi, who will be appearing on behalf of for Moitra, said that government has shown interest in the decision and have issued a request for the proposal and the tender for which will be opened on August 20.
“They want to monitor social media content with the help of this social media hub,” Singhvi said.
On this, the bench said that the matter for the same will be listed before the opening of tender and came up with 3rd August as the date for listing the matter. The bench further said that the court regarding the matter will be assisted by either Attorney General or any law officer for the government.
According to our news sources Earlier, on June 18, the matter was refused by the apex court for an urgent hearing on the plea which was in order to set up a ‘Social Media Communication Hub’ in the existence of which the digital and social media of the citizens will be scrutinized by the government.
The counsel for Moitra had said that the government is trying to get its eyes over the digital and social media contents of its citizens by not only tracking their social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram but are also seeking ways to get into their e-mails as well
Regarding this, the Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) recently came up with a tender in order to supply a software for the project.