Snooping on the phones of Chief Ministers, politicians, judges and people violates multiple laws of the country and is a threat to national security, Congress’s Kapil Sibal said today as news broke that leaders of the Karnataka Congress and Janata Dal Secular could have been snooped upon in 2019, when the alliance government collapsed.
“Our constitution says the government should protect national security, but what if our government jeopardised national security?” Mr Sibal told reporters this evening.
“If this data reaches other nations, if it is accessed by NSO technologists, then it becomes a threat to national security. For now, only these lists have come. It is possible that in the coming days, it will be revealed that they have intercepted other people too,” he added.
The former Union minister and eminent lawyer also said such snooping is illegal at multiple levels. It can violate multiple cyber laws, the Official Secrets Act, the fundamental right to privacy, and can even be counted as stalking when the target is a woman, he said.