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India must handle security demands with caution

The Indian government needs to tread carefully in its push to monitor data in the interest of national security, according to an analyst.
Written by Vivian Yeo, Contributor on

The Indian government needs to tread carefully in its push to monitor data in the interest of national security, according to an analyst, following reports of the country's mandate that Research In Motion (RIM), Skype and Google must make customer data accessible to local intelligence agencies.

Specifically, measures need to be put in place to ensure the government does not unfairly single out businesses or fall out of line with international standards around data privacy, said Sanchit Vir Gogia, associate research manager at Springboard Research, who is based in New Delhi, India.

Local media last week reported that senior officials of security agencies had voiced concerns at a recent meeting that data running through some networks could not be intercepted or decoded by intelligence officers.

For more of this story, read India must handle security demands with caution on ZDNet Asia.

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