Ever since the cyber law of India was amended in the year 2008, things have never been smooth. There were lots of protests from civil liberty activists, lawyers, industrial associations, etc regarding the cyber criminal friendly nature of the proposed information technology amendment act, 2008 (IT Act 2008). However, despite severe and vigorous protests Indian government went ahead with the damaging IT Act 2008.
Now after few years of passing of such amendments its rationale has become clear. The main aim of the IT Act 2008 was to strengthen the e-surveillance capabilities of Indian government, Indian intelligence and law enforcement agencies and other agencies and instrumentalities of Indian government.
While e-surveillance and electronic eavesdropping are important for law enforcement and national security purposes, there is no justification for deliberately abstaining from enacting suitable procedural safeguards against their abuses.
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