Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Now, Facebook and Twitter under govt scanner - Business

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to speak at a news conference.
Leslie D Monte in Mumbai

The Centre is intent on monitoring conversations on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

It has written to the department of telecom, asking it to "ensure effective monitoring of Twitter and Facebook", a fact the minister of state for communications and information technology, Milind Deora, acknowledged a few days ago in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

He spoke, in particular, about access to "encrypted data" on social networking sites, but did not elaborate on the subject.

Currently, the Indian Telegraph Act, the Indian Information Technology (IT) Act 2008 (amendments were introduced in the IT Act 2000) and the rules notified under this Act on April 11, give the government the power to monitor, intercept and even block online conversations and websites.

The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has put up a list of 11 such websites which are blocked by a government order.

The data were received from the department of information technology (DIT). "For the first time in India, we have a list of websites that are blocked by order of the Indian government," says Sunil Abraham, executive director, CIS

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