Telecom Related Trends And Development In India 2014

Praveen Dalal-Managing Partner Of Perry4Law And CEO Of PTLBPerry4Law Organisation (P4LO) has been providing various techno legal trends of India since 2006. The present work is discussing the telecom related trends and developments as happened in India in the year 2014. The same has been drafted by P4LO and its premier techno legal segment known as Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB).

The telecom related trends and developments in India 2014 are as follows:

(1) Telecom Security Policy: The telecom policy of India 2012 was announced by the Indian government but there is no reference of a dedicated telecom security policy of India. There are many unconstitutional e-surveillance issues that future telecom security policy of India must address.

(2) National Security Policy: There is no dedicated national security policy of India till now that can comprehensively cover national security issues. We at P4LO and PTLB believe that telecom security and cyber security should be integral part of the national security policy. We also believe that the national security policy of India must be techno legal in nature.

(3) Satellite Mobile Services: The Telecom Commission of India has taken a positive and technology friendly decision regarding satellite based mobile services in India. The Telecom Commission has allowed satellite based mobile services in India in the year 2014.

(4) E-Surveillance In India: The year 2014 witnessed a poor civil liberties protection regime in India. Telecom giant Vodafone confirmed existence of secret wires for government e-surveillance and eavesdropping worldwide, including in India. Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) promised to investigate govt snooping allegations of Vodafone but it failed to do so till the end of December 2014. The dangerous central monitoring system (CMS) of India was also activated without any legal framework and Parliamentary oversight.

(5) Cyber Security Threats Disclosures: The National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) requested Reliance Jio Infocomm to share potential cyber security threats on its telecom networks. Indian Government has also hinted upon introducing cyber security disclosure norms in India but the same have not been introduced till the end of December 2014.

(6) Redundant Telecom Laws: The telegraph and cyber law of India remained outdated, colonial and draconian in the year 2014. Similarly, encryption related dedicated laws in India are also missing till the end of December 2014.

(7) VOIP Issues: VOIP related issues kept on surfacing in the year 2014. Indian intelligence agencies showed great interest in forcing the Internet and VOIP service providers operating in India to establish their servers in India. The intelligence agencies of India also expedited the testing of VOIP interception system in India. An illegal international racket using unauthorised gateways to divert the VOIP calls landing in India was also busted by law enforcement agencies of India.

(8) Law Enforcement Technologies: Intelligence agencies and law enforcement technologies were widely adopted and used in India in the year 2014. P4LO has discussed about these technologies at its forums. Nevertheless, techno legal modernisation of police force of India is need of the hour.

(9) Lawful Interception: India is one of the countries where phone tapping is possible without any court order/warrant. This is a serious civil liberty violation that continued in the year 2014. A lawful and constitutional interception law in India is urgently needed. Privacy rights in India in the information era (PDF) have still not been recognised by Indian Government.

(10) Cell Phone Laws: There is a dearth of laws regarding cell phones and their dealings in India and the same continued till the end of December 2014 as well. In particular, the cell site data location laws in India and privacy issues are still not redressed by Indian Government so far.

We hope our readers would find this telecom trend useful. We would share more telecom related articles and opinion on our telecom blog from time to time.

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