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Govt setting up monitoring system to intercept data: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The centralized monitoring system will automate lawful interception and monitoring of phones and Internet, says telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi: The government is setting up a centralized monitoring system (CMS) to automate process of lawful interception and monitoring of phones and the Internet, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.

The monitoring centre in Delhi, a regional monitoring centre (RMC) in New Delhi and Mumbai have been operationalized.

“Government has decided to set up the CMS in a phased manner to automate the process of lawful interception and monitoring of mobile phones, landlines and the internet in the country," Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He said the phase related with technology development and pilot trials of the CMS have been completed. “The CMC at Delhi, RMC at New Delhi and Mumbai has been operationalised and other RMC in licence service area, under CMC project across the country are progressively being operationalised in a phased manner," Prasad said.

The aim and objective of CMS include electronic provisioning of a target number by a government agency without any manual intervention from telecom service providers (TSPs) on a secured network, thus enhancing the secrecy level and quick provisioning of target.

“Secure flow of intercepted communication on near real-time basis between law enforcement agency and TSPs on secured and dedicated CMS network," the minister said.

He said the central and regional centres will help central- and state-level law enforcement agencies in lawful interception and monitoring in serious cases of national security and allied matters.

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