October 03, 2009
Intelligence agencies have asked the government to consider blocking Skype.
The popular global VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) engine are refusing
to share the encryption code that prevents Indian investigators from
intercepting conversations of suspected terrorists.
Most VOIP providers, use an encryption mechanism to encode the voice message
while transmitting the messages, this is done to prevent anyone from
illegally getting into someone else conversation. But this encryption also
proves to be a hassle for all the security agencies, as it prevents them
from intercepting call also.
Since Skype is not
registered in India, Indian authorities will have to block the gateways
here. to prevent Skype from working, however this might not be a complete
solution, Skype can route traffic through other service providers.
October 3, 2009
from TimesOfIndia Website
Intelligence agencies have asked the government to consider
blocking Skype as operators of the popular global VoIP (Voice over Internet
Protocol) engine are refusing to share the encryption code that prevents
Indian investigators from intercepting conversations of suspected
The shift to VoIP has
been prompted by the growing ability of intelligence agencies to intercept
mobile and other calls.
Last year, government amended Section 69 of the Information Technology Act to empower itself to take over servers of Net and telecom service providers and demand the encryption code.
This may still be no remedy against recalcitrant overseas service providers who usually have their servers abroad.
Last year, the government had a similar run-in with,
Indian agencies are also keeping their fingers crossed, not sure whether the department of telecom - with a stake in sectoral growth - would like to lean on VoIP service providers on the issue of sharing encryption code.
Besides, there's also a feeling that the government would be wary of
people's response to the snapping of Skype. The free service is used by a
vast majority of urban middle class Indians for communicating with families
and friends spread across the world.
However, government turned it down saying they were not based in India.