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Data Retention Law Sought

DATA RETENTION—INDIA

March 1, 2011

The Times of India reports on a push by the home ministry to have the Department of Telecom (DoT) require ISPs and mobile phone companies to retain customer information--including text messages, e-mails and call records--for at least one year. In addition to such information as e-mail senders, subject and recipients, the ministry is also seeking login details and the amount of time spent online to address "security challenges and to keep pace with the rapidly changing Internet technologies, protocols and different types of services being used by adversaries," the report states. The ministry is also seeking social networking information, but online companies have said they have not yet been made aware of the potential changes.
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