Modi govt is 'sur­veil­lance sarkar', says Congress

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Congress on Mon­day protested against gov­ern­ment’s at­tempt to keep a tab on what you watch on TV at home, dub­bing it as the new stage of ‘sur­veil­lance’ by the BJP.

The In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Min­istry of Sm­riti Irani has sent a pro­posal to the Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (TRAI) for al­low­ing a chip in the set-top box for get­ting re­li­able data on the view­er­ship of var­i­ous tele­vi­sion sta­tions.

Congress com­mu­ni­ca­tion chief Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala took of­fence to this as birth of a ‘Sur­veil­lance Sarkar’ that will tear to shreds the pri­vacy.

“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.

So far the view­er­ship data is pro­vided by the Broad­cast Au­di­ence Re­search Coun­cil of In­dia (BARK), but the min­istry felt this data may not be ac­cu­rate. It sus­pi­cion arose from BARK show­ing very poor view­er­ship of the state-run Do­or­dar­shan.

More­over, it said BARK does not dis­close its method­ol­ogy for its weekly re­ports on the TV view­er­ship.

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