The department of telecommunications will send a letter to all telecom operators, asking them to connect their Lawful Interception System (LIS) to the Indian government's Centralised Monitoring System (CMS), Mint reports, citing documents they have access to. Telecom minister Kapil Sibal has apparently approved changes in existing rules, and had clauses inserted in mobile licenses for enabling this surveillance. Telco's will have to connect at a regional monitoring centre through "an interception, store and forward (ISF) server placed in the licensee’s premises”, according to the documents." This will allow the government to monitor all traffic within the country, including snoop on website access, phone calls, text messages, GPRS usage, emails, and get information on an individual's location, among several other things. This is a key component of a series of initiatives by the Indian government over the last few years,…
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