Published On: Sat, Jul 5th, 2014

COAI and CIS starts Privacy and Surveillance Roundtables

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COAI along with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) did a round table conference on the issue of Privacy and Surveillance. The points of discussion were centred on formulating a better model and legal framework relating to communication and surveillance in the country.

At the session, the COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said, “In the era of freedom, when data connectivity via the internet, has emerged as one of the most powerful tools for communications, infringement of customer privacy by government agencies through telecom networks have forced the industry to initiate discussions on the international best practices on communications privacy &surveillance, and the relevant Indian jurisprudence. COAI, with the Centre for Internet and Society, has taken this initiative by bringing the relevant stakeholders on a common platform to discuss the matter to arrive at an acceptable conclusion.”

On the other hand, Bhairav Acharya, the advisor at CIS said, “India’s antiquated communications surveillance laws do not serve the best interests of law enforcement agencies, service providers, or the general public. Legal reform is necessary to identify the limits of permissible surveillance, the protection of privacy, the procedure of intercepting communications, the expectations of service providers, and freedom of all Indians. The law must keep up with technological advancements to create a balanced, proportionate and fair mechanism to enable and regulate surveillance. This will serve India’s national interest.”

After this successful session both the organisations are planning to organise another sessions on the same issue in the coming weeks. Multiple stakeholders, industry leaders, policy makers, experts from the legal sector become parties to such roundtables. In the conclusion of the round tables the suggested recommendations are sent to the authorised government department for review.

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COAI and CIS starts Privacy and Surveillance Roundtables