India rolls out its own version of PRISM to spy in the name of security: Reuters reported this morning that India is rolling out a surveillance program that will give government agencies the ability to tap directly into emails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament. The government said this widespread monitoring is in an effort to safeguard national security. [..]
The Central Monitoring System (CMS) first came into being after the Mumbai bombings in 2008. The Indian government began cracking down on Internet freedom. It used the Information Technology Act to expand censorship and monitoring capabilities and has put pressure on Internet service providers and private companies to remove certain types of information under threat of imprisonment.