Whatsapp, social media row: Congress says ‘Fascist’ BJP wants to interfere in private lives of people

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Updated: Sep 23, 2015 6:46 PM

The Congress Party on Tuesday claimed that a "Fascist" Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is entering people's bedrooms through the draft National Encryption Policy.

The Congress Party on Tuesday claimed that a “Fascist” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is entering people’s ‘bedrooms’ through the draft National Encryption Policy.

Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “National Encryption Policy sounds like the snooping and surveillance orgy which is absurd.”

“Today, they are saying that you need to produce and demand all web charges that you have incurred over the last 90 days, all the tweets, all the Facebook posts that you have made and the Whatsapp messages that you have sent. Tomorrow, they will start demanding the videos of what has been happening in people’s bedrooms,” Tewari said.

“The BJP is a Fascist party. First, they try to intrude and transgress into kitchens through various meat bans, and now, they want to transgress into people’s bedrooms by this absurd policy,” he added.

As per the original version of the draft policy, users of services that use encryption to secure communication, such as WhatsApp and other instant messaging services, were required to store all their communication for as long as 90 days and make them available to law enforcement agencies when legally asked to.

After the widespread protests by Indian Internet users and experts, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology today said that the social media websites and applications will be exempted from the purview of the National Encryption Policy.

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