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BJP breaching people’s privacy, says Congress after govt proposes chips for set top boxes

Congress accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to breach the privacy of citizens after HT reported that the government has used by digital satellite service providers to know what viewers are watching on TV.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2018 15:51 IST
IANS, New Delhi
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala speaks during a press conference. The Congress has criticised
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala speaks during a press conference. The Congress has criticised (PTI File Photo)

A day after reports came in that the Centre proposed to install chips in new television set-top boxes, Congress on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to breach the privacy of citizens.

“BREAKING! The Next Stage of Surveillance by BJP Revealed! In a serious breach of privacy, Smriti Irani ji wants to know what show you watch on your TV, within the four walls of your bedroom, without your permission! Why,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala wrote on Twitter.

The Union ministry of information and broadcasting has proposed installing a chip in the new set-top boxes used by digital satellite service providers to know what viewers are watching on TV, an official aware of the developments told HT.

The ministry added that only those channels, which are widely watched will get promoted.