Workers will be government's "eyes and ears": Petition
A petition had been filed against the proposal by TMC legislator Mahua Moitra, which alleged the government might 'listen' to conversations on digital channels through this tool, including emails, violating the Telegraph Act.
The "extent, nature and scope of (individuals') data collection" is to assess impact of various social media campaigns run by the government, and therefore displays "manifest arbitrariness" and infringes upon Article 14, it added.
Last month, the SC took a strong note. "Tapping of citizens' WhatsApp messages by the government will be like creating a surveillance state," said Justice DY Chandrachud. It gave the Centre two weeks to respond to Moitra's plea, and posted the matter for hearing today.