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IB asks govt to block internet telephony (VoIP) services

The Intelligence Bureau has asked the communication ministry to block all internet telephony (VoIP) services to and from India until the Department of Telecom (DoT) puts in place a mechanism to track such calls, reports Economic Times.

The Intelligence Bureau has asked the communication ministry to block all internet telephony (VoIP) services to and from India until the Department of Telecom (DoT) puts in place a mechanism to track such calls, reports Economic Times.

“The calls passing through the VoIP/IP route contain inadequate parameters rendering it impossible to trace the actual callers. As DoT had conveyed that it is not possible to mandate transmission of CLI (Caller Line Identification) from abroad, we had approached DoT to block such calls till a technical solution is found,” IB has said in its communication to the DoT.

If DoT were to implement the IB directive, it will impact consumers who use internet to make extremely low cost calls to phones and free calls to computers across the globe. In addition, internet users who use voice chat facilities of companies like Skype, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (Windows Live) would also be affected.

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