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Monitoring of e-mails by Security Agencies up by 36%

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The number of emails being screened rose to 1,601 as on September 30 from 1,174 in the end of August—an increase of 36.4 per cent

New Delhi: The monitoring of emails by various security agencies saw a 36 per cent jump while it has marginally come down in the case of telephones.

 An official note said that the number of emails being screened rose to 1,601 as on September 30 from 1,174 in the end of August–an increase of 36.4 per cent.

The note said 10,490 phones across the country were monitored by various security agencies. The number of phones tapped in August stood at 10,648.

A high-level committee which confirmed the snooping orders issued by the Union Home Secretary saw 1,915 fresh requests from Intelligence Bureau, 11 from the Enforcement Directorate and 492 from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.

The interception is ordered by various intelligence agencies, police forces and Army which is later confirmed by a Committee comprising Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Telecom secretary R Chandrasekhar and Law Secretary B A Agarwal.

The Committee, confirmed the orders passed by the Home Secretary, cleared a fresh request for monitoring 876 emails by Intelligence Bureau and Signal Intelligence of the Army .

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