The Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (2010)

Meant to be a framework to legitimize surveillance, tracking, intercepting and monitoring communications (telecommunications and any other related mode of communication) of persons injurious to national security.
The Act provides for the issuance of an ‘interception warrant’ by a Judge on receipt of an oral application from a government agency that has ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe that: a) felony has been or will probably be committed; b) the gathering of information concerning an actual threat to national security or any national economic interest is necessary; c) the gathering of information concerning a potential threat to public safety, national security, or any national interest is necessary; or d) there is a threat to the national interest involving the State’s international relations or obligations. With such over sweeping provisions for surveillance, there is fear that sources of journalists shall be prone to disclosure, a negative precedent in the quest for media rights.

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