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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SECURITY & SOCIAL MEDIA: No leniency in monitoring social networking sites: Govt!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 13, 2011.

MoS, Communications and Information Technology, Sachin Pilot, with MD, Advanced Micro Devices, Ravi Swaminathan, at an AMD-Assocham event.
MoS, Communications and Information Technology, Sachin Pilot, with MD, Advanced Micro Devices, Ravi Swaminathan, at an AMD-Assocham event - PTI.

The government on Wednes made it clear that social networking sites must comply with the security agencies’ requirement for a real-time monitoring of their user data to ensure that national security is not compromised.
In the backdrop of a raging controversy over BlackBerry posing security concerns, security agencies have asked the Telecom Ministry to provide real-time monitoring of various social networking sites like Facebook, Google, Skype and Twitter, among others, Ministry of State for Telecom and IT Sachin Pilot said.
“We cant afford to take chances with national security,” Mr. Pilot said on the sidelines of an international conference organised by the U.S.-based IT giant AMD, the world’s second largest chip maker.
“There are a whole list of companies that have been asked to give (access), provide monitoring solution, because law enforcement agencies, the home ministry and intelligence agencies want information for national security,” he said.
“Papers were exchanged months ago...the discussions are on and we are looking at finding a solution soon, since it is a matter of national security,” he said in reply to queries by reporters whether government has sent notices to Google and Skype.
The minister made it clear that the government will not leave any loop holes which may be detrimental to national security.
AMD (India) Managing Director Ravi Swaminathan said, “We believe that forums like these create a platform for the industry to come together and address relevant societal issues.”

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