TV set top chips plan: Cong dubs Modi govt as Sur­veil­lance Sarkar

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

New Delhi: The Congress on Mon­day lam­basted the Modi gov­ern­ment over its pro­posal to in­stall a chip in set-top boxes of tele­vi­sion sets, dub­bing it as ‘Sur­veil­lance Sarkar’.

The pro­posal to in­stall the chip to get ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about chan­nels peo­ple watch and view­ers pat­tern was moved In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Min­istry which is headed by Sm­riti Irani.

The min­istry re­port­edly has told the Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (TRAI), “It is also pro­posed to ask DTH op­er­a­tors to in­stall a chip in the new set-top boxes which can give data about chan­nels watched and their du­ra­tion.”

Call­ing it the next stage of sur­veil­lance, Congress com­mu­ni­ca­tions in-charge Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala al­leged that I&B Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani wanted to now know what peo­ple watch within the four walls of their bed­rooms.

“In a se­ri­ous breach of pri­vacy, Sm­riti Iraniji wants to know what show you watch on your TV, within the four walls of your bed­room, with­out your per­mis­sion! Why?” tweeted Sur­je­w­ala. “Ab ki baar Sur­veil­lance Sarkar’. The right to pri­vacy bro­ken into pieces,” Sur­je­w­ala added.

The pro­posal re­port­edly was moved by the I&B min­istry in or­der to as­cer­tain view­ers pat­tern and col­lect more au­then­tic fig­ures for ev­ery chan­nel.

Ac­cord­ing to an I&B of­fi­cial, the move would help ad­ver­tis­ers and the DAVP to spend ad­ver­tis­ing ex­pen­di­ture wisely as only those chan­nels which are widely watched will get pro­moted.

(with agency in­puts)

I&B Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani

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