Updated: September 15, 2020 6:56:24 am
Taking note Indian Express Investigation report it is a Shenzhen-based technology company with links to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals and organizations in the global database of foreign targets, opposition members urged the government on monday to intervene, open an investigation and take the initiative for a global dialogue.
Congress said the report regarding Chinese digital surveillance of Indian leaders and others is quite troubling and it is important to know the extent of this oversight, and whether there is more to it than data collection. He said the development has major consequences for national security and citizens’ privacy.
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Anand Sharma, the vice-president of the Congress in Rajya Sabha, told reporters: this is a very serious thing. We hope the government goes to the bottom of it and takes appropriate measures to protect data privacy for citizens. This has major implications for national security, in addition to the privacy of citizens. It needs an in-depth investigation and determined action.
Sharma is chair of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs.
Gaurav Gogoi, Vice President of Congress in Lok Sabha, said, “We want the Government of India to step up its cyber security efforts because when we are dealing with a country like China – we are dealing with China not just on land, sea and air, we we are also facing Chinese intentions in cyberspace – the Government of India should not be caught sleeping.
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We need to be aware and they need to step up their efforts. In the coming days, the government should make it clear that all the data collected by Chinese agencies has not been used to manipulate policy, has not been used to obtain more intelligence about our military or for sensitive information . That kind of security has to come from this government, he said.
Former Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said it was time for the government to start a global dialogue on such threats. If what is reported is true, there is certainly a great deal of sense of concern and anxiety, he said.
We have encountered this before on the issue of various US-related platforms that were removing and using metadata and there were many issues raised at the time. I am not entirely sure how far we made that issue and how we resolve it. But there is a growing concern across the globe, and I would imagine there should be a global conversation about it, he said.
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Referring to the military stalemate with China, he said, “Right now, we can express our immediate concern with our neighbor because of the existing circumstances, but I think this is a bigger problem that needs to be addressed globally and I I’m sure we are well placed to take the initiative in this matter. The government must take the initiative for a global dialogue.
Praveen Chakravarty, head of congressional technology and data cells, said, News about Chinese digital surveillance of India and other leaders is quite disturbing. Most importantly, we need to know the extent of this oversight, and if there is more to it than just collecting public data on people. The government must reassure the nation through a thorough investigation.
Equally, the growing incidence of foreign tech enterprises entering the affairs of India and India is alarming. We need an anti-digital surveillance law to be drafted and adopted soon, which will also include data privacy, he said.
In his official response, Congress communications department chief Randeep Surjewala said, If the report is true, then was the Modi government aware of this serious case? Or did they not know that they were spying on us? Why is the government failing to protect our borders over and over again? A clear message should be sent to China to prevent them from enjoying such activities.
TMC Lok Sabha member Saugata Roy said: I moved a deferral motion in Parliament today regarding this issue of the Chinese company tracking us down, although I did not have the opportunity to mention it. It is an extremely serious matter that a Chinese agency, controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese government, is providing information on data to all senior political leaders, senior officials, Army staff and senior scientists. It is invading the data privacy of Indian leaders. Our government should raise this concern with the Chinese government.
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RJD member Rajya Sabha and party spokesman Manoj Jha said: When we opened the newspaper this morning, we saw one of the scariest news in recent times. What worries me is how we are dealing with these issues with China. Today, the Prime Minister made a comment that we must stand by our soldiers, which we do and have always done. Our soldiers have never disappointed us. It is the diplomatic corridors they have. With China, whether it is along the border, from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, or in international forums, now… The Government has had a strong senseless policy when it comes to another neighbor, Pakistan. Our question is why do we avoid a similarly strong policy for Beijing? This is such serious news. Why has the government not responded? “.
BSP Lok Sabha member Kunwar Danish Ali said the investigative report published in The Indian Express is an eye-opener. The Government of India has blind trust in Chinese firms. It really is a very dangerous situation. Our neighboring country is showing its true colors. This is the failure of the government.
SP member Rajya Sabha Kunwar Rewati Raman Singh said, This (investigation) is a warning to India We must remember that China seized a large part of Indian territory in the 1962 war… China is trespassing on our territory again. How much Indian land has been seized, the government is not telling us.
Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab told reporters: It is the duty of the Union government to protect the leaders from Maharashtra. Not only Maharashtra but all the leaders on the list should be protected by the Center.
NCP member Rajya Sabha Vandana Chavan said: Data farming for Indian leaders and citizens is a very serious concern and the feeling now is that all our data can be compromised. This is nothing less than cyber warfare and an issue that the government needs to take very seriously and address. “
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