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IB wants ISPs to record online activities of their customers

The Intelligence Bureau (IB), in a communication to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly sought that addresses of websites visited with date and time and financial transactions of all customers be stored by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for six months. The move, if implemented, could add to operational costs for ISPs and pose privacy concerns for customers.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB), in a communication to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly sought that addresses of websites visited with date and time and financial transactions of all customers be stored by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for six months. The move, if implemented, could add to operational costs for ISPs and pose privacy concerns for customers.

Currently, ISPs do not keep online logs that track the web usage pattern of their customers. They selectively monitor online activities of only those customers as required by intelligence and security agencies. Mobile phone companies are though required by law to maintain call logs for all their customers for a minimum of six months. [Source: Economic Times]

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