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India’s Move to Probe Any Computer Comes Under Top Court’s Lens

  • Supreme Court agrees to examine potential privacy breaches
  • Court to mull interim stay on government order after six weeks
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Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s top court will examine whether the government’s move to allow the interception and monitoring of information -- such as WhatsApp and Facebook messages -- on any computer infringes on the privacy of citizens in the world’s largest democracy.

A three-judge bench of India’s Supreme Court sought the government’s response to petitions filed by activists and an internet rights group. They are challenging a December directive they describe as a surveillance scheme. Headed by its chief justice, Ranjan Gogoi, the court said Monday it will consider requests to temporarily put on hold the government’s decision.