Civil liberties in India and technological revolution are sharing an adverse relationship in India. The more technology India is using the greater are civil liberties violations in India. For instance, e-surveillance in India is openly done without any constitutionally sound legal framework.
The civil liberties protection in cyberspace in India are totally absent and Indian government is introducing laws, regulations and rules that clearly violate the freedoms guaranteed by Indian constitution. Now Indian government has extended its e-surveillance activities to Internet and mobile infrastructure as well.
According to Praveen Dalal, leading techno legal expert of Asia and managing partner of Perry4Law and CEO of PTLB, Surveillance of Internet Traffic in India is one of the top priorities of Indian Government. Now E-Surveillance is proposed to be expanded to even mobile infrastructure. The cell site location based e-surveillance in India is also in contemplation. Cell site data location laws in India and privacy issues are once again bypassed for this proposal. Even the E-Surveillance Policy of India is missing that can provide some safeguards against Illegal and Unconstitutional E-Surveillance in India, informs Praveen Dalal.
Similarly projects like Aadhar project of India, central monitoring system project of India, etc are also intended to strengthen the e-surveillance capabilities of India without and constitutional safeguards.
ICT policies and strategies of India are grossly defective and clearly violating human rights in cyberspace. In fact, there is a dedicated resource titled websites, blogs and news censorship by Google and Indian government that is making a database of various censorship and results manipulation activities in India.
Indian government must ensure civil liberties protection in Indian cyberspace as that is its constitutional as well as human right objective.