A new system for monitoring almost everything that's going on inside India's telecoms network has been quietly launched. The Central Monitoring System will offer the likes of the National Investigation Agency and tax arms of the government the ability to scrutinize phone calls, emails, text messages and even your online presence. In one of the fastest-growing internet markets in the world, the Indian government has been increasing its role in watching communication channels following the Mumbai bombings in 2008, with laws amended both that year and in 2011, increasing the access of government workers for "reasonable security practices and procedures."
In recent years, India has even intervened with both Nokia and BlackBerry, ensuring that their own monitoring systems were in place. The new country-wide system has been under construction for two years and offers investigative agencies a single point of access to all citizens' digital exchanges as well as location data. Pavan Duggal, a specialist in cyberlaw told the Times of India that the system is "capable of tremendous abuse." He noted that there wasn't much clarity from the government yet on what it intends to monitor for.
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Source:Times of India