The Indian Government is leaving no stones unturned to get the Indian Prism – Centralized Monitoring System (CMS) in place by the year end. The system will monitor and intercept telephone calls, email messages, and communications on the Internet and is being set up for the Department of Telecommunications which will give the ability to the department to track all your online and mobile activities.
With the 4 billion rupees CMS system in place, it will help the government to intercept into any telecom and Internet service providers for a specific suspected target without having to approach an individual telecom or Internet provider.
The surveillance program which was expected to install Centralised Monitoring System in 10 out of the country’s 22 service areas has some teething problems in its inability to track intelligently. India’s internal intelligence agencies have denied permission and it is being said that the system lacks the ability to track down specific target. The statement was made by an official at the Center for Development of Telematics, a government technology development center headquartered in New Delhi, that is installing the network.
Elaborating on the current loopholes of the system, a government official working on the system shared that currently intelligence officers cannot carry out pin-point searches to track the activity of targets. In other words, in the current state if one has to search a specific email, one will have read every email in the system before one can find the required one. The system right now is not in a state of providing intelligent search.
Besides this it has also been highlighted that the centralised data center which will store the intercepted data is still not in place. But chances are that by October it would be functional. Along with this the government is also setting up a high speed communications network. This network would be required to transmit the monitored data in encrypted format.
The current loopholes will be refined with use and time but what is surprising is that no one is talking about the blanket monitoring of people.
The 4 billion rupees CMS system will surely help the government to safeguard the country’s interest. But, who will monitor the people inside the government that are creating scam after scam? Online privacy is a myth indeed!
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