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All surveillance mechanisms must be brought under judicial oversight: SFLC’s Pegasus petition

Among several others, SFLC’s petition is the only one with a broadened scope to target the current surveillance apparatus.

"This petition is not merely about NSO and Pegasus but a challenge to India’s communications surveillance mechanism that stands in contrast with the other democracies of the world for lack of any judicial or parliamentary oversight," read a writ petition filed by Degree Prasad Chouhan and Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) in the Supreme Court of India in August 2021."India is the only democracy where communications surveillance continues to be the exclusive domain of the executive arm of the government with no provisions for judicial oversight," the petition added. The petition, a copy of which has been reviewed by MediaNama, draws attention to the fact that the Indian government is adopting technologies like facial recognition at a time when other democracies are announcing moratoriums on it. It added that these technologies are being used to stifle political dissent and violate the human rights…

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