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Cabinet proposes new phone tapping norms


Meetu Jain,CNN-IBN
Feb 18, 2011 at 01:25pm IST

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security proposed new norms on phone tapping which put the onus of monitoring conversations on the government instead of service providers. The Committee has proposed a centralised hub for phone taps.

The move follows the publication of the telephone conversations of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh. There were also allegations on the government on tapping of over 1 lakh telephones across the country, which the BJP described as a "cause of grave concern".

The proposal says national security overrides public accountability which means that the Government can monitor conversations at will in the name of national security that will prove a point of contention.

The Committee said that manual monitoring is unsafe, compromises secrecy and takes time and that the new system will prevent and detect unauthorised intercepts by service providers.

The new project is set to start from June 2013.

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