04:37 pm - Wednesday 22 November 2017

DoT likely to finalise norms for call monitoring by August end

By insightVAS - Tue Jul 09, 11:56 am

The norms for intercepting and monitoring of phone calls and messages is expected to be finalised by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) by the end of August. Government has already undertaken a Centralised Monitoring System that aims to enable Security agencies to lawfully intercept phones, without manual intervention from service providers, by the end of this year.

“DoT is working on two amendments in the Indian Telegraph Act. One is for intercepting and monitoring through CMS project and other is collecting, storing and analysing message related information of any nature by Telegraph Authority,” said an official source.

Sources said the system is expected to be activated in 10 out of 22 services in country by December.

The source said, for lawful interception through CMS, DoT has submitted draft rules to the Law Ministry for vetting. For other amendment to the Act, with regard to collecting and analysing messages, a source said: “The security wing of DoT will submit draft rule in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs by July 31 to be approved by competent authority by August 31.”

The amendments are expected to be published in Gazette of India by end of this year, he added.

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