Secret Operating Procedure


Oct 29, 2004
Revealed: Secret Operating Procedure followed by the Govt for digital snooping.

Centre defends snooping notification in the Supreme Court - TheLeaflet | An Imprint of Lawyers Collective

The contents of the Counter-Affidavit and the Secret Operating Procedure confirm our worst fears about centralization of power in the hands of an opaque and unaccountable Executive. In spite of repeated requests, the Government has not disclosed the total number of interception orders passed in its Counter-Affidavit. Further, the Government’s reply confirms that there is complete lack of judicial oversight in the surveillance process. Most troublingly, on certain issues, the Secret Operating Procedure even dilutes the meagre safeguards present under the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009. The Supreme Court has given us 4 weeks to respond to the Government’s Counter-Affidavit, and you can read the Order passed on 8 March 2019 here.