New law to check terror related communication

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 09:07

Dinesh Sharma

New Delhi: To check the growing misuse of Internet by terror groups, the government is planning to soon come out with a law that will make it mandatory for Internet service providers to share real time information with intelligence and security agencies.

Highly placed sources in the government said most of the information that will be sought from Internet companies will be related to suspicious e-mails, transfer of funds and other financial transactions using e-commerce.

Various government agencies are currently studying laws and regulations in other countries -- particularly in the US and European countries – that managed to rope in Internet firms in the fight against terror, sources said.

The need for the law was felt in the wake of consistent complaints by security and intelligence agencies, that often Internet companies are reluctant to provide timely information, particularly during ongoing investigations in terror cases, sources said. This hampers the investigation process, they said.

Indian intelligence agencies have come across cases where funds have been transferred using the Internet, which was found to have been used by terror modules.

Further, e-mails have emerged as a preferred mode of communication among terror modules as these are much more difficult to intercept compared to mobile calls. Also, the e-mails hardly leave any footprints to trace the exact location of the users.

Now, the terrorists are also said to be using chat sites to communicate which are even tougher to intercept than e-mails.

Intelligence sources also claimed that in majority of recent terror cases, there has been considerable use of technology, particularly the Internet, by terror modules.

Even though security and intelligence agencies have been constantly upgrading their technological capabilities to meet the challenges, they feel legal support will be a shot in the arm for them.

Sources said that once the study is completed a draft note will be prepared and the issue will be discussed by the Cabinet Committee on Security and then a final decision to make a new law or amend the existing will be taken.

First Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 09:07
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