Govt. to ask Internet telephony service providers to set up servers in India

If implemented, the law enforcement and security agencies will be able to track the newer forms of communications.

Published Date
20 - May - 2013
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20 - May - 2013
Govt. to ask Internet telephony service providers to set up serve...

The Indian government may soon direct Internet telephony service providers such as Skype to set up a server in India. The move is aimed at helping the local law enforcement and security agencies to get access to new communication technologies, which couldn't be tracked/monitored by the traditional methods available.

The government is also planning to direct the ISPs and mobile phone companies to 'segregate Internet Protocol (IP) addresses on a state basis', which will allow the security agencies to block any website or an Internet telephony state or region-wise.

According to an Economic Times report, the decision in this regard was taken at an April 23 meeting, attended by representatives from various government bodies including Intelligence Bureau and telecom and IT departments.

"Any service provider, who provides communication services in India via any media through voice-over-internet protocol ( VoIP), should be mandated to be registered in India, having its office, server located in the country and, therefore, subject to Indian laws. Necessary provisions to this effect may be incorporated through amendment in Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and Information Technology Act, 2000," ET quotes the minutes of the meeting as saying.

Representatives said it was not possible to intercept the communications over the Internet Telephony on a regional basis because of the “unregulated internet architecture in India and highly decentralised encrypted structure of Skype”.

The decision comes in wake of Microsoft's changed in stance over allowing the governments to track its users. The company is now more cooperating with the law enforcement authorities after some technical upgrades last year.

The government has earlier asked IT companies including the mobile companies to have local servers. BlackBerry and Nokia have already set up interception facilities in India.

Source: Economic Times

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