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Which Central agencies have been given surveillance powers?

Asked 2019-01-14 12:56:07 by Vivaan Rao

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The agencies empowered are the Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, CBI, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat (R&AW), Directorate of Signal Intelligence (in Jammu and Kashmir, North-East and Assam only), and the Delhi Police Commissioner.

Could the government conduct surveillance earlier?

Asked 2019-01-14 12:56:07 by Trisha Gavde

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Yes. However, only the Ministry of Home Affairs had the power to scan people's emails and phone calls.

Under what circumstances can the powers be invoked?

Asked 2019-01-14 12:56:07 by Charvi Sen

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The surveillance powers can be invoked under Section 69(1) of the IT Act in investigations that are in the "interest of the sovereignty or integrity of India, defense of India, security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above or for investigation of any offence."

How had people reacted to the order?

Asked 2019-01-14 12:56:07 by Devansh Jhadav

Answered by NewsBytes

The order had received widespread criticism from the Opposition, who alleged that the government was trying to snoop on people by empowering the Central agencies.

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