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MP Starts Public Petition For Disclosure Of Indian Data Accessed By PRISM

Following the major leak of USA collecting 6.3 billion data from India in March 2013 through its National Security Agency (NSA)’s PRISM program, P.Rajeev, Member of Parliament has started a public petition asking Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to reveal information on Indian data given to NSA. PRISM program had accessed Indian data by tapping into the servers of companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, for information including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats. In June, following the leak, several Indian ISPs had asked the Indian Government to insist foreign Internet companies like Facebook and Google to setup local servers in India, in order to provide their respective services in the country. Subsequently, it was also revealed that India was also in the list of 38 countries whose embassies and missions were defined as 'targets' and hence was under surveillance through 'extensive range of spying methods'. Recently, Salman Khurshid, India's External Affairs Minister had defended the NSA surveillance stating that it is not actually snooping since the program did not access actual messages. After Khurshid's statement, the government promised that it would take up the issue with U.S, according to The Hindu. The Indian government's response to the PRISM program is worrying, considering the launch of a similar surveillance program known as the Central Monitoring System (CMS) in India. The government is likely to install CMS in 10 out of 22 service areas in the country by the end of this year. It is worth noting…

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