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India Looks to Increase Surveillance of Telecoms Traffic

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India's government is drafting plans that could require the mobile networks to offer real time access to communications across their networks to the national security agencies.

Although some access is already provided, the plans would see simply communications monitoring expanded to cover a whole range of additional services.

The Department of Telecom proposed the changes following representations from the security services that their ability to monitor terrorist communications did not include mobile value added services and messaging apps.

It has been suspected that terrorists have switched from voice calls to avoid having their communications listened into on a real-time basis.

Citing a copy of the document, the Economic Times said that the new policy would "put in place effective systems, processes and regulations to ensure the traceability of telecom users or devices in terms of identity, permanent address and current location with specified accuracy and resolution in the case of need."

The mobile networks are expected to have to share the cost of implementing the changes with the government.

On the web: Economic Times

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