India is considering introducing a law that would force operators and vendors to ensure that their networks supported real-time monitoring by security agencies. The proposed law, based on the US Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), would require operators to allow lawful interception of voice, emails, Internet data and VoIP communications. Indian telcos are already required to enable state surveillance by licence agreement, but there is nothing that forces them to modify their networks to allow it. The Indian government hopes to be able to pass the law as early as 2011. The legislative changes may be accompanied by the establishment of a new telecom security commission which would be responsible for making security decisions based on input from both intelligence agencies and the industry.
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