[AI] net-based messaging service may face ban
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Now, net-based messaging service may face ban
NEW DELHI, August 14, 2010
After BlackBerry smartphone, the Indian law enforcement agencies might
target Internet-based messaging services, offered by Internet giants like
Google and Skype, which are inaccessible to them or allow communication
between users in encrypted format.
In a meeting held a few weeks ago, the Department of Telecommunications
[DoT] and Union Home Ministry warned various associations of mobile
operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) not to allow any
communication in any encrypted form, as it may be used by anti-national
Now ISPs providing messaging services fear that, after BlackBerry, it might
their turn to face the heat. Such services offered by companies like Google
and Skype might have to either follow government guidelines or face ban.
Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) president Rajesh
Chharia told The Hindu. DoT has sought their views to strengthen cyberspace
security and asked them to use available techniques to intercept and monitor
encrypted communications. “Though ISPs were not given any deadline,
authorities made it clear that anything that is found objectionable to
security agencies might face ban,” he added.
“Keeping in mind how terrorists are using these modern day communication
tools to carry out attacks, it is high time that we must cooperate with
security agencies. ISPAI has conveyed to its members to cooperate with the
government on this issue,” Mr. Chharia added.
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