Needs surveillance reform, privacy law: cyber experts

NEW DELHI: With Pegasus spyware increasing privacy concerns worldwide, several cyber analysts and privacy experts have outlined the need for one and demanded one.

Digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa posted on Twitter. Good time to get a privacy law @rsprasad. Stop delaying it.

In a written statement, the Internet Freedom Foundation said that urgent surveillance reform is necessary to protect citizens against the use of malware, spyware and the creation of vulnerabilities in technologies that offer privacy protection by design.

There is an urgent need for official disclosure of whether this spyware was used and how it was used in India to hack our citizens ... To our knowledge and knowledge, there is no such power under Indian law, and pre-existing surveillance powers available. under the Telegraph Act of 1885 and do not allow the installation of spyware or piracy of mobile devices, said IFF.

Hacking of computer resources, including mobile phones and applications, is in fact a criminal offense under the Information Technology Act of 2000, IFF wrote in its statement, adding that it will present a draft model law that provides for supervision judicial and parliamentary controls in the surveillance process. IFF is an NGO based in India that works to protect digital rights.

Access Now, an international defense group committed to the promotion of free and open Internet, has issued a statement underlining the need to reform surveillance practices and legal provisions in India.

Unfortunately, the government's statement about Pegasus does not clarify whether any government agency has dealt with its agents, or if they are involved in any way in the use of spyware. This is a crucial question for the government to answer, as the NSO Group states that it only deals with governments and their agencies. If the government has not been involved, it must act to establish an independent investigation into this incident and other related complaints of widespread illegal surveillance, said group policy director Raman Jit Singh Chima.

The Indian data protection bill, based on the recommendations of the BN Srikrishna Justice Committee, was submitted to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on July 27, 2018. The bill sought to protect people and your privacy, but no law has yet been enacted.

NSO-Pegasus spyware is not a routine security flaw, nor a problem with a specific product like. It is an unconstitutional and archaic surveillance regime in India that is inexplicable. This has progressively deteriorated to the use of malware, said IFF executive director Apar Gupta posted on Twitter.