Google and Facebook have reportedly declined to give Indian agencies access to the private content on their sites, reports The Economic Times. In fact, during the recent India-US Homeland Security Dialogue, US expressed its “inability” to get the two entities to agree to the requests put forth by Indian agencies, citing strict domestic laws on privacy and freedom of speech as their reasons for refusal.
Numerous reports in the past too have made it common knowledge that Indian agencies, at the behest of the home ministry, have been seeking access to the private content on these sites to hunt down criminals lurking there.
India was instead suggested that it approach Internet operators through court, a method the US officials added that their agencies used to access data as well.
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Both Google and Facebook have stated in the past that they are bound by American laws only, as far as content routed through a US-based server goes. Indian agencies, on their part, reportedly said that they “often adopt a highly selective approach” when it came to carrying out investigations, in a manner that would not affect the security of the US.
Now while these Internet entities have their Indian subsidiaries, they claim that they are only for sales purposes and have no effect on content and search results. This reportedly has affected the court proceedings in India against these sites, since their units here state that issues pertaining to content must be sent across directly to US headquarters.