India plans its own net snoop system
Indian IMP pilot for mid-2010
On the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian government has announced its own version of the UK's Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) - a massive expansion of communications surveillance for the internet age.
A pilot of the Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) will begin by June next year, communications minister Gurudas Kamat said on Thursday.
Like IMP, CMS will see a network of monitoring probes inserted throughout the country's fixed line and wireless communications networks.
Again like the British project, which is scheduled for completion in 2016, CMS probes will be configured centrally and allow intelligence and law enforcement agencies to easily intercept calls, texts and internet sessions.
"In the existing system secrecy can be easily compromised due to manual intervention at many stages while in CMS these functions will be performed on secured electronic link and there will be minimum manual intervention," Kamat told the upper house of India's legislature.
The system will also create huge silos of communications data (who contacts whom, when, where and how) to be analysed and mined. But while UK ministers plan to outsource storage and initial processing to ISPs and phone companies, the Indian government plans its own series of regional and central databases.
Planning for CMS was begun in 2007, but has gained momentum in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, when the terrorists received orders via VoIP.
The laws needed to legitimise such a system here are not expected to be introduced until the next Parliament. A Home Office consultation on its plans over summer attracted a very negative response from the communications industry. ®
Will they use the English method?
"Of *course* we only record the telecomms data, not the actual message. Although to determin that the message is harmless we will have deep packet inspect *every* packets contents.
But we won't record them.
Unless the law changes of course."*
Standard Home Office b&***cks press release repeated ad nausum.
it doesn't change a thing
indian intelligence is the biggest oxymoron in history. it don't mean squat anyway. those bastard terrorists will still get a chance to get through and it's the average indian joe or hari who's going to suffer. unless of course he's got enough dosh to pay the most corrupt set of sleaze bags to ever walk the planet.
slime balls so corrupt they'll gladly let you sleep with their mothers if your money is good enough.
where the fuck is the black helicopter icon when you need one? oh well it's FAIL and double FAIL because we indians are just a pathetic bunch of losers with dicks so small, you'll need a microscope to see one even when we're excited.
oh and btw, i love vijay mallya. he's done more to make us happy than any other indian who ever walked God's green earth.
"allow intelligence and law enforcement agencies to easily intercept calls, texts and internet sessions."...and collar anyone they suspect of wrong-doing, irrespective of stuff like evidence!