In order to improve phone call surveillance in the country, the Centre will soon put into operation the Central Monitoring System (CMS), which was conceptualised by the department of telecom after National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon decided to establish a robust system for monitoring telephone calls.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh will soon chair a review meeting on the CMS and its implementation with the Ministry of Telecom and Department of Electronics and Information Technology. “We will soon operationalise the CMS. It will be a fool-proof monitoring system,” the Home Secretary said.
The CMS aims to stop service provider’s from leaking information by building a system, which will be monitored by eight agencies, authorised to intercept calls.
However, security agencies monitoring calls, emails and SMSs would require prior permission from authorities before spreading their net on any specific target.