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Government of India asks Google, Skype to monitor their user services

The Government of India has asked Google, internet telephone
company Skype and other such companies to allow the country’s security agencies
to monitor their user services to guard against terrorism and other crimes. Minister
of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot has said that there is a whole list of
companies that have been asked to give access and provide solutions. According to

The Government of India has asked Google, internet telephone
company Skype and other such companies to allow the country’s security agencies
to monitor their user services to guard against terrorism and other crimes. Minister
of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot has said that there is a whole list of
companies that have been asked to give access and provide solutions. According to
Pilot, security agencies have asked the Telecom Ministry to provide real-time
monitoring of various social networking sites like Facebook, Google, Skype and
Twitter, among others.

“We can’t afford to take chances with national security.
There is a whole list of companies that have been asked to give (access),
provide monitoring solution, because law enforcement agencies, the home
ministry and intelligence agencies want information for national security. Papers
were exchanged months ago, the discussions are on and we are looking at finding
a solution soon, since it is a matter of national security,” Pilot added. India’s
fear is that terrorists will use services such as those offered by Skype and
Google as they are heavily encrypted and security agencies can’t monitor them.

The government had also made efforts to find
ways to monitor the corporate email services offered by Canada’s Research In
Motion Ltd. are still under way. While the BlackBerry maker has already offered
systems to monitor internet browsing and messenger services used on its
smartphones, it maintains that intercepting corporate emails is impossible as
there is no technology available to allow monitoring of the service. In
December 2010, mobile handset maker Nokia Corp. said it has set up servers in
India so as to allow security agencies to monitor its consumer email services.

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