MHA, Telcos discuss VoIP monitoring
Sakandan Chairs High-Level Meeting
Srinagar, Sept 24: The Joint Secretary (Kashmir) in Union Ministry of Home Affairs, K Sakandan Saturday chaired a high-level meeting of state and central officials with telecom operators where the latter were asked to ensure that communications taking place over their networks either through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or on social networking sites should be available for monitoring by the security agencies, sources said.
They said Sakandan immediately after his arrival from New Delhi chaired the meeting at police headquarters here which was also attended by DGP Kuldeep Khoda and ADGP Law and Order, K Rajendra Kumar.
“In the marathon 3-hour meeting which started at 2:30 pm and ended at 5:30 pm, the state and central officials expressed their concern over monitoring of social networking sites and voice chat facilities on real-time basis,” sources said.
The operators and the officials, they said, discussed a solution for real-time monitoring of the VoIP and other services available on Internet.
“Sakandan also asked the cellular operators to devise a fool proof verification mechanism before issuing SIM cards. He (Sakandan) asked the operators that no new SIM cards should be issued before the proper and stringent verification,” sources said.
Off late, sources said, security agencies have expressed concerns over lack of real time monitoring of communication exchanges taking place on Internet and that telecom operators were not providing them real time data of these conversations which is a risk.
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