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    Panel to probe ‘monitoring’ of Indians by Chinese firm: Jaishankar

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    In letter to Congress leader K.C. Venugopal, External Affairs Minister offers information of panel

    In letter to Congress leader K.C. Venugopal, External Affairs Minister offers information of panel

    In a letter to Congress leader K.C. Venugopal on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that the federal government had constituted an expert committee to check out claims that a Chinese company ‘kept track of’ online activity and information on thousands of Indians, including politicians, bureaucrats and reporters.

    Sources stated that the letter included details of the committee under the National Cyber Security Planner to investigate any illegalities in the security performed, apparently by Shenzhen based Zhenhua Data Infotech Business.

    Zhenhua supposedly developed a database of dossiers on about 2.4 million people worldwide. The federal government likewise said that they had asked Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong to explain the activities of the business but that he had distanced the Chinese government from Zhenhua, calling it a “personal company”.

    Mr. Venugopal, who had questioned the government in the Rajya Sabha about its actions over the report on Zhenhua’s activities that appeared in Indian Express, likewise confirmed getting the letter.

    ” Replying to my zero-hour intervention on Chinese monitoring, EAM Dr. Jaishankar notified us that the government has actually taken the matter seriously and made up an expert committee to examine this within 30 days. We expect fast action on this,” Mr. Venugopal tweeted.

    In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs looked for to protect Zhenhua’s activities.

    ” The business said plainly that it’s a private company, and its customers are research study institutions and company groups. Instead of gathering data, it only activates information which is open and readily available online. I wish to tension that as a strong protector of cyber security, China opposes and combats all cyber criminal activities,” said Wang Wenbin, Chinese MFA representative.

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