WhatsApp Pegasus controversy has stoked new fears about government surveillance. As terrorists use encryption to hide their plots, civil society groups cry violation of rights.
The existing legal frameworks tend to provide adequate checks and balances to prevent illegal interception and monitoring.
Though China, which aims to install one public CCTV camera per two citizens by 2022, is the world’s most surveilled state, citizens in most democracies are being watched by their governments.
No privacy left for anybody, says SC; takes serious note of Chattisgarh government tapping IPS officer's phone
The top court also took exception to a separate FIR lodged against an advocate who is representing the IPS officer before the apex court.
Jayant said Centre should come forward and release the names of those targeted in this manner, adding that the current list was 'limited and actual snooping may have taken place on more people'.
Banerjee described the issue as 'very serious' and said she will request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the matter probed.
On Thursday, the Facebook-owned company had said Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.
Without disclosing the names of the compromised accounts, the Facebook-owned platform said around 1,400 users across four continents were hit, including Indian journalists and human right activists.
According to Twitter's latest transparency report, it helped the Indian government in 5 per cent of the information request cases and complied in 6 per cent of cases for account removal requests.
A government that spies on journalists/activists/Opposition leaders and treats its own citizens like criminals has lost the right to lead in our democracy, Congress leader Surjewala said in a tweet.
The tech giant is accused of making misleading on-screen representations about the location data it was collecting and when certain Google Account settings were enabled or disabled.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stressed a balance between national interest, sovereignty of the country and privacy, adding the government is not invading privacy of citizens.
The company, however, claimed no personal data was ever shared externally with its partners or any other third parties.
The European Court of Justice handed victory to Google in the case, seen as crucial in determining whether EU online regulation should apply beyond Europe's borders or not.
The court said that college authorities, as well as parents, should be conscious of the fact that students in a hostel are adults who are capable of taking decisions as to how and when to study.