The intermediary or person in-charge of computer resources shall put in place adequate and effective internal checks to ensure the unauthorised interception of information does not take place and extreme secrecy is maintained and utmost care and precaution shall be taken in the matter of interception or monitoring or decryption of information as it affects privacy of citizens and also that it is handled only by the designated officers of the intermediary and no other person of the intermediary or person in-charge of computer resources shall have access to such intercepted or monitored or decrypted information.
IT Rules 2009: Interception, Monitoring & Decryption
The intermediary or the person in-charge of the computer resource so directed under Rule (3), shall provide technical assistance and the equipment including hardware, software, firmware, storage, interface and access to the equipment wherever requested by the agency authorised under Rule (4) for performing interception or monitoring or decryption including for the purposes of–
(i) the installation of equipment of the agency authorised under Rule (4) for the purposes of interception or monitoring or decryption or accessing stored information in accordance with directions by the nodal officer; or
(ii) the maintenance, testing or use of such equipment; or
(iii) the removal of such equipment; or
(iv) the performance of any action required for accessing of stored information under the direction issued by the competent authority under Rule (3).
(1) The designated officers of the intermediary or person in-charge of computer resources shall forward in every fifteen days a list of interception or monitoring or decryption authorisations received by them during the preceding fortnight to the nodal officers of the agencies authorised under Rule (4) for confirmation of the authenticity of such authorisations.
(2) The list referred to in sub-rule (1) shall include details, such as the reference and date of orders of the concerned competent authority including any order issued under emergency cases, date and time of receipt of such order and the date and time of implementation of such order.
If a decryption direction or a copy thereof is handed to the decryption key holder to whom the decryption direction is addressed by the nodal officer referred to in Rule (12), the decryption key holder shall within the period mentioned in the decryption direction–
(a) disclose the decryption key; or
(b) provide the decryption assistance,
specified in the decryption direction to the concerned authorised person.
The designated officer of intermediary or person in-charge of computer resource authorised to intercept or monitor or decrypt any information shall maintain proper records mentioning therein, the intercepted or monitored or decrypted information, the particulars of persons, computer resource, e-mail account, website address, etc. whose information has been intercepted or monitored or decrypted, the name and other particulars of the officer or the authority to whom the intercepted or monitored or decrypted information has been disclosed, the number of copies, including corresponding electronic records of the intercepted or monitored or decrypted information made and the mode of the method by which such copies, including corresponding electronic records are made, the date of destruction of the copies, including corresponding electronic record and the duration within which the directions remain in force.