Stirring yet another hornet’ s nest the Indian government could now be looking to acquire the capability to practically snoop on just about anybody and everybody.
This implies that government would be able to closely follow every Facebook, Twitter and email user in India.
These efforts have already come under severe criticism and may literally be end of privacy.
As per report, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited bids for what could possibly be one of the world’s largest social media monitoring systems.
The tool would be able to track tweets, posts and content shared from anywhere in India.
This is being conceived on the lines of American National Security Agency’s infamous snooping tool called PRISM, it is said.
In a 66-page document, proposals have been invited to build and operate a 24×7 “social media communication hub” manned by operators (including 20 for a core team in Delhi and one for each of India’s 716 districts).
This would imply that government would be able to watch over and intervene on social media and email.
The tool should also be able to make certain topics trend on social media.
The government’s move comes in the middle of a fierce global debate about data privacy sparked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked Facebook this year, revealing how personal information was used to influence political campaigns without the consent of users.