In the past phone companies of India used private individuals who tapped phones even without an authorisation order in this regard by Indian government. Further, there is a considerable delay on the part of phone companies while arranging phone tapping on government requests.
Thus, Indian government has decided to bypass them and enable themselves with real time phone tapping capabilities. The government is planning to spend Rs. 500 crores to establish CMS in India.
With this system, Indian government and its agencies would be abled to tap any call, real-time chat and data without help from the telecom operators. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs recently approved the funding for CMS and a testing facility at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
The first meeting on CMS was held last week. It was attended by officials from DoT and the National Technical Research Organisation, among others. DoT is also looking at all encryption-based services, divided into 14 categories, to see if it is possible to provide an interception solution to security agencies. The services include different kinds of mail and messaging services, network mobile email, VPN tunneling and various proprietary services.
A committee of officials from DoT, the department of information technology, service providers and security agencies has been set up for this.