India's Interior Ministry made the announcement on Thursday, saying that the new rule provides that "the competent authority may authorise an agency of the government to intercept, monitor or decrypt information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource".
Converting India into a police state isn’t going to solve your problems, Modi Ji.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 21, 2018
It’s only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians, what an insecure dictator you really are. https://t.co/KJhvQqwIV7
It said that interception, monitoring or decryption would have to be approved by the federal home secretary, or by designated authorities in each state.
A total of 10 agencies are authorised to make these requests., They are:
- 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)
- Commissioner of Delhi Police
- Directorate of Signals Intelligence (for service areas of Jammu & Kashmir, North-East, and Assam only).
"Converting India into a police state isn’t going to solve your problems, Modi Ji,” he tweeted. “It’s only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians, what an insecure dictator you really are.”