Tuesday, 4 October, 2022
TopicState surveillance

Topic: State surveillance

Ministry of all things secret: UP’s Confidential department gets fresh thrust under Yogi 2.0

Dept collects 'secret' information and intelligence inputs from police. In a first, UP govt Tuesday said it would have its own additional chief secretary-level officer in charge.

India’s law enforcement framework needs to strike a balance between legal and illegal

India needs a mechanism that enables the law enforcement and security agencies to intervene legally, without having to adopt grey tactics.

Pegasus scandal shows how lawless India’s ‘lawful interception’ has become

Many democracies understand the need for lawful surveillance against serious crimes. Few provide the executive such sweeping powers like India does.

Why India can’t let private sector develop facial recognition tech for law enforcement

Venture capital funded FRT companies can discount the price of facial recognition technology and push its use in law enforcement contexts without any public input or scrutiny.

Amnesty flags CCTV surveillance ‘risk’ in Hyderabad but police say 1 camera equals 100 cops

Surveillance has been a focus area for CM K. Chandrashekar Rao since Telangana was created in 2014. There are an estimated 3.7 lakh cameras in Hyderabad, and 8.3 lakh in the state.

Pegasus scandal shows we are living in George Orwell’s 1984

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Deniability is Pegasus scandal’s strongest suit. And national security is the biggest price

The State must not be left to undertake intelligence activities to serve narrow political interests in the name of national security

Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah secys were Pegasus ‘targets’ during 2019 Karnataka political turmoil

Former deputy CM G. Parameshwara also on the list. Numbers allegedly targetted in 2019, at a time the state was witnessing political turmoil.

List of Indian journalists, activists allegedly put on surveillance using Pegasus

List contains those whose phones were allegedly potential targets of surveillance, some of which were successfully snooped upon, according to a global expose.

What is Pegasus? The ‘ultimate spyware’ used for surveillance

Pegasus, the malicious software created by the Israeli company NSO Group, has allegedly been used to secretly monitor and spy on an extensive host of public figures in India.

On Camera

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File photo of Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC ruling on hijab & Gyanvapi won’t just be limited to faith. It’ll be about our democracy

While petitions against Karnataka’s hijab ban are an opportunity to define student rights, those against Place of Worship Act can be a platform to ensure a robust law-making procedure in India.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand, India’s new Light Combat Helicopter, doesn’t yet have main arsenal or protection suite

IAF inducted new helicopter Monday, but it'll get anti-tank guided missile only by mid-2023, while air-to-air missiles haven't yet been ordered, it is learnt.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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