Post 26/11, Government is planning to setup a centralized system to automatically monitor communications on mobiles, landline phones and Internet.
A pilot project of the central monitoring system (CMS) is likely to be launched by June, 2010 subject to clearance by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Telecom and IT Gurudas Kamat said in Rajya Sabha [source]
The centralized monitoring system will be implemented by DoT and will reduce the manual intervention in the current system. Interception through CMS will be instant as compared to the existing system which takes a very long time.
The envisaged salient features of CMS are as follows:
- Central and regional database which will help Central and State level Law Enforcement Agencies in Interception and Monitoring.
- Direct Electronic Provisioning of target numbers by Government agencies without any manual intervention from Telecom Service Providers (TSPs).
- Filters and Alert creation on the target numbers.
- Call Data Records (CDR) analysis and data mining on CDRs to identify call details, location details etc. of the target numbers.
The government earlier approved the Amended IT Act, showering power to CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) to block any website for rules violation.
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