Tuesday, September 7, 2010

India Threatens Communication Companies - Blackberry, Google Skype to comply with new rules or quit doing business

India's Press Information Bureau sent the media advisory published below.

According to the Indian government, encrypted e-mail and other secure forms of communications are a potential threat to national security. Communication service providers are being asked to maintain servers in India where data can be harvested by law enforcement agencies. Full release posted below:

Government of India have been having discussions with RIM, Canada over the last few weeks on the issue of lawful access by the law enforcement agencies to the communications passing through RIM systems. RIM have made certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies and these would be operationalized immediately. The feasibility of the solutions offered would be assessed thereafter. These decisions were taken here today at a meeting, chaired by the Union Home Secretary, Shri G.K.Pillai. Representatives of security agencies and Telecom Department attending the meeting.

It was also decided that the Department of Telecommunications would study the feasibility of all such services being provided through a server located only in India.

Ministry of Home Affairs have made it clear that any communication through the telecom networks should be accessible to the law enforcement agencies and all telecom service providers including third parties have to comply with this. Ministry of Home Affairs will review the situation within 60 days by which time the Department of Telecommunications is expected to submit its report.

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