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Telecom: surveillance

So That Nothing Is Missed

The Centre lays down a security regimen that many find too harsh

So That Nothing Is Missed
Illustration by Sorit
So That Nothing Is Missed
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  • The home ministry wants service providers to furnish security agencies details of missed calls, SRs and details on retailers within an hour of a request
  • Telecom companies are liable for SIM card issued on fake identity proofs
  • Telecom companies say collating and maintaining such data nationwide involves huge costs and is impractical

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Soon after 30 SIM cards issued under fake names and addresses were confiscated in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir last week, the home ministry came down heavily on private telecom service providers. It has asked them to furnish details of missed calls, particulars of subscriber records (SRs) and details of retailers issuing SIM cards within an hour of a request from security agencies. The ministry has also asked for the password of a protected website where service providers store SRs. And telecom companies have been given a deadline of March 2010 to set up a system that allows sharing of this information with security agencies.

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