TMC pulls up BJP, says National Encryption Policy needs thinking

New Delhi, Sept. 22 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday took a jibe at the BJP-led NDA Government after it withdrew the draft National Encryption Policy, saying this serious government policy needs thinking.

“This is serious government policy. This is not like changing your clothes. You have to put your mind to it and you have to do it correctly. So, this government is floundering. And as a responsible opposition party, if they continue to make mistakes like they are doing we will keep criticising them and harshly criticising them,” said TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien.

The government earlier this afternoon withdrew a contentious draft encryption policy it had put up a day ago and said it would place it in public domain again after reworking some of the “expressions” that were giving rise to “misgivings”.

The provisions of the draft policy that was put on the website of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITY) on Monday ensured that the government will have access to all encrypted information stored on computer servers in the country, including personal emails, messages or even data.

The policy also wanted users to store all encrypted communication for at least 90 days and make it available to security agencies, if required, in text form. (ANI)

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