In a move to ensure the nation’s security, Indian government has reportedly taken a stringent action and has directed all telecom service providers to keep track of the location details of any calls made or registered on their networks. FirstPost has stumbled up on a directive by the DoT which has been sent to all the telecom companies, suggesting that registering the location-based information will be a mandatory part of call data records (CDR) of all mobile users in the country. The action will be effective from mid- 2014. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
This DoT directive is titled as ‘Amendments to the unified access service license agreement for security related concerns for expansion of telecom services in various zones of the country’. This directive has been issued to all unified access service licensees, and will mean that these companies will now have to keep details of the location from where a call has been made and received as a part of the CDR. So far telecom players have been mandated to keeps details like the contact number used in a call and the time-duration of the call as well as the mobile tower used for the call network.
Reportedly the directive has mentioned that the government will first start with the details for specified mobile numbers, but within a period of next the three years it will consider the location details as a part of CDR for all mobile calls.
The location tracking initiative was started in a DoT order issued in May 2011, however it will be applicable from mid next year. And the report suggests that for urban centers the telecom operator will be required to achieve 80 percent accuracy in first year itself. This will be increased to 95 percent in the second year. Though, there is nothing certain whether these accuracy details have already been made necessary or will come into effect with the policy itself.
India is not the only country to conduct location tracking of its citizens as many European countries use this as a standard policy.
It is believed that the service will help the national security agencies as well as other such government organizations to track the doubtful users and thus keep an eye on the negative elements trying to breach the security in the country.
This is not the first time that Indian government will be making such a move due to security concerns as earlier it had directed BlackBerry to give the government the access to their server in India and provide information related to unique pin codes to access mails and messages on the BBM.