DTH chip an as­sault on pri­vacy: Cong

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New Delhi: The Congress on Mon­day at­tacked the Cen­tral govern­ment over its pro­posal to in­stall a chip in tele­vi­sion set- top boxes to as­cer­tain view­er­ship data, dub­bing the move a se­ri­ous breach of pri­vacy and the “next stage of sur­veil­lance”.

The Congress on Mon­day at­tacked the Naren­dra Modi govern­ment over its pro­posal to in­stall a chip in tele­vi­sion set- top boxes to as­cer­tain view­er­ship data, dub­bing the move a se­ri­ous breach of pri­vacy and the “next stage of sur­veil­lance”. In a Twit­ter post, Congress com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala re­ferred to the Modi govern­ment as a “sur­veil­lance sarkar” which had shat­tered the right to pri­vacy to pieces.

“BREAK­ING! The Next Stage of Sur­veil­lance by BJP Re­vealed! 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? Ab ki baar Sur­veil­lance sarkar’. The right to pri­vacy bro­ken into pieces,” he tweeted. This news­pa­per was the first to re­port that the in­for­ma­tion and broad­cast­ing min­istry has pro­posed in­stalling a chip in new tele­vi­sion set- top boxes which will pro­vide data about chan­nels watched and for how long. The Congress had al­ready been at­tack­ing the govern­ment for in­trud­ing into the per­sonal space of cit­i­zens. Such a pro­posal has all the mak­ings of turn­ing into a po­lit­i­cal hot potato.

A se­nior I& B of­fi­cial said the move was aimed at get­ting “more au­then­tic” view­er­ship fig­ures for ev­ery chan­nel. “This would help ad­ver­tis­ers and DAVP to spend their ad­ver­tis­ing ex­pen­di­ture wisel,” he added.

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