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India empowers agencies to snoop on computers; critics decry ‘surveillance state’

NEW DELHI: India has authorized 10 federal government agencies to intercept and monitor information from any computer, a move opposition parties said on Friday risked creating a “surveillance state”. The interior ministry said late on Thursday the agencies could “intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer” under an Information Technology Act. “For the nation’s security, these agencies have been made accountable so that no one else can do these activities,”…