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India asks for data access – first Blackberry now Google and Skype

Posted on September 10, 2010 in Security

The Times of India recently revealed that India is asking companies offering VoIP services to provide security agencies access to the encrypted data. This request came only one day after RIM, the producer of Blackberry agreed to do so. The government wants Google, Skype and RIM to setup servers within the country and to give Interior Ministry the facility to monitor Internet and messaging data.

Skype and Google provide users services that allow them to make calls using a regular Internet connection. It seems that these types of calls are banned in India and only the international calls are allowed. That’s why the government would like to have access to this data in readable and intelligible form.

At this moment, RIM has 60 days to come out with a reasonable solution with the department of telecom, including the possibility of locating a server in India. And I think Google and Skype will be in the same situation very soon.





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