India’s Chief Information Commissioner, P.K. Mishra, on Monday said the cell phones of people suspected of being involved in terror attacks in the country are being tracked and monitored.
In a written reply to a query by a journalist, Mishra said the Cell Phones Act, 2005 (CPA) provides for the National Cellphone Identity Authority to issue licenses to companies that can provide information to the police and the authorities.
The CPA has been in effect since 2007.
It allows the authorities to request companies to provide information about a person to the National Mobile Identity Authority.
Mishra said that the Cell Phone Search is being implemented as per the provisions of the Act, which is the basis for issuing a license.
According to the CPA, a person who has a cell phone, even if the number is disconnected, is entitled to use the phone, and the person’s data can be used for any purpose, such as for telephony or mobile banking, or for any other purpose.
He said the Authority can issue a license to any mobile operator who has the authority to do so, and any person who is entitled under the Act to have a phone can get one.
Mitch says it’s the first time India has done it”This is the first instance of India making a change to its telecommunications laws, which has been happening for some time.
The CPA issued licenses for two years, but now the government is moving forward with issuing new licenses.
This is a step towards greater transparency,” he said.