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Indian authorities want ability to monitor Blackberry traffic for reasons of security

Some would say it’s not every day that a government gives a mobile phone service provider an ultimatum to either give in or give up, but recently, censorship and government snooping have become more common than in past decades.

Recently, the Indian government demanded that telecom providers allow government authorities to monitor traffic flowing through their networks for terrorist activities. According to a Business Standard post, the Indian government asked a number of telecommunications companies to open up their networks to monitor Blackberry-based traffic or face shutdown throughout the country within 15 days.

Indian government authorities proposed that each service provider work out the details with Blackberry licensor Research in Motion before this 15-day period.

DailyTech contacted RIM's media relations and received the following statement, "RIM operates in more than 130 countries around the world and respects the regulatory requirements of governments. RIM does not comment on confidential regulatory matters or speculation on such matters in any given country."

If RIM and service providers offering Blackberry services comply with the government's demands, it will mean roughly 400,000 Blackberry users will be left without service such as email and messaging. According to India's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the security of the nation of India is their top priority even if it means that telecom companies will be shut down if they do not let government authorities in and monitor traffic freely.

India is not the first government to demand the ability to monitor telecom traffic. Recently, U.S. government agencies, such as the NSA, have been the center for discussion and legal battles regarding wiretapping. The U.S. Senate has also gone so far as to pass a bill that would give telecoms that cooperate with U.S. agencies in warrant-less wiretapping and other illegal monitoring activities immunity from lawsuits.

Since India has a different legal process than the United States, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology may have a better chance of getting its way with Indian telecoms and consumers.

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By crystal clear on 3/27/2008 8:07:04 AM , Rating: 2
Since India has a different legal process than the United States, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology may have a better chance of getting its way with Indian telecoms and consumers.

Yes India has a different legal process than the USA,but their(India) laws basically have their origins from the British legal system & laws

The British who ruled India for more than 100 years had infact installed a legal/judicial system, same as the one in existance in the U.K.

This also applies to the educational system with ENGLISH as the medium of instruction-U.K. ENGLISH.

As a matter of fact, they the British created & installed a DVD image of the British way of life in/on INDIA.

Their censorship laws are similar to U.K.-yes changes have been made in the post independence era,but the basics are the same.

As for security concerns-India has serious problems when it comes to terrorism (Kashmir related).

They have a neighbour namely Pakistan which a breeding ground for terrorist/terrorism.
The Govt of Pakistan has long lost total control over the country & terrorist organizations flourish & breed like mosquitos.

Under such circumstances the Govt of India has to be vigilant & be on a alert.

They also have issues with Google also- Indian Secrity Installation are/can be easily viewed via Google maps.

Google will be the next in line for censorship related issues.

I wonder if there are commentators on D.T. of Indian origins or from/living in India.
If yes then feel free to correct me if I am wrong in my analysis.

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