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The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is proposing “bringing intelligence and law enforcement agencies under the ambit of the Privacy Bill,” Business Standard reports, noting that it “would make these agencies accountable in case of unauthorised phone tapping and its subsequent leakage.” However, the report states, “the person offended has to establish himself of impeccable repute and identify the culprit, before pressing criminal and defamation charges.” One official commented, "Everyone acknowledges the need for lawful interception. So, we have allowed it in the Privacy Bill, subject to greater accountability." The DoPT plans to seek public comment before the bill is introduced in Parliament, the report states.
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