Govt to set up 'foolproof' phone-tapping system

The Central Monitoring System is likely to get rid of private parties and mobile operators whose assistance is currently needed for monitoring purposes.

NEW DELHI: ATTEMPTING to put an end to the role of private entities and minimise illegalities involved in surveillance and phone tapping, the government is all set to operationalise the Central Monitoring System (CMS), which would enable security agencies to monitor phone and Internet communications of suspected people.

The CMS is likely to get rid of private parties and mobile operators whose assistance is currently needed for monitoring purposes.

The new system will ensure that the monitoring of phone calls, messages and Internet use by citizens is done only by government agencies after taking due permission from the designated authority.

"We will soon operationalise the CMS. It will be a foolproof monitoring system," Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh said.

Singh will soon chair a review meeting on the CMS. Phone tapping powers are restricted only to nine agencies in the country.

The government is, however, planning to give market regulator SEBI the powers to get telephone call data records (CDRs) of entities under its investigation in cases of insider trading, money laundering and other market manipulations.

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