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Sep 17, 2020

Govt sets up expert panel to study reports of China snooping on Indian politicians & leaders

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Centre has set up an expert committee under the National Cyber Security Coordinator to study reports released earlier this week which said that a China-based company is mining data and snooping on hundreds of Indian politicians and leaders.
AIR correspondent reports that sources in the government have confirmed that the panel will study these reports, evaluate their implications, assess any violations of law and submit its recommendations within 30 days.
Sources said, the Centre is deeply concerned with any report that suggest foreign sources accessing or seeking to access the personal data of Indian citizens without their consent. It has taken the issue of protection of privacy and personal data of citizens very seriously.
A media report published in a leading daily earlier this week stated that a Shenzen-based company, Zhenhua Data Information Technology has been keeping tabs on over 10 thousand Indian individuals and organisations in its global database.
The decision about setting up the expert panel has been communicated to Congress MP KC Venugopal by Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar in response to his demands along with other MPs to protect the data of Indian leaders and others from spying by Chinese companies.
Sources have said that the Foreign Ministry has also raised the issue of alleged spying on prominent Indians with the Chinese Ambassador on Wednesday.
China reportedly has said that Zhenhua is a private company and has made clear its position publicly.

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