Mobile applications to come under the watchful eyes of Government: Report

Government plans to eye the content of mobile applications for the possible cyber security threats and privacy concerns they raise, according to a report by Economic Times (ET). This move can heavily impact applications like Whatsapp and Facebook.


The new move popped up as a consequence of the issue of net neutrality. The committee set up to scrutinize net neutrality raised the issues that over-the-top (OTT) services can bring about, including cyber threats and privacy issues. Hence, the committee demanded licenses for OTTs. According to report, the committee set up by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formulated the steps for the content regulation of mobile applications.

“There is a need to define a new architecture to keep pace with the technological developments that explicitly protects net neutrality but retains the ability of the state to ensure national security, maintain public order, safeguard privacy and protect data,” the committee said.

According to committee, issues similar to that of US (of that of Edward Snowden) and illegal use of data can happen in the age when mobile applications surge on large scale. There are laws to cease the misuse of data and privacy in the country. However, when it comes to mobile applications like Whatsapp and Facebook, the control of data lies beyond the national jurisdiction.

The committee has also conveyed that national security is the primary consideration for the country, irrespective of stands it takes on net neutrality. Hence, inter-ministerial consultations will be carried out and suitable measures will be devised to monitor and control OTT services.

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July 11, 2015 3:31 am 3:31 AM

bas bhaiyo net ka khatma karne main lage hain yeh sare

July 10, 2015 9:42 pm 9:42 PM


exactly.Actually TRAI had suggested licensing of all apps.DOT is using national security as an excuse as then no one would complain as anything in the name of security people will accept even if its their rights.
Actually the so called draft from DOT is still not official and it seems that govt is intentionally delaying it.Licensing is a backdoor for ending net neutrality and also they say that is no no but xero rated plans like airtel zero can be allowed on case by case basis.Anyone one can figure out why this distinction..its to help corporate telco buddies.

July 11, 2015 4:46 pm 4:46 PM

Look like airtel bribing trai !

July 10, 2015 8:26 pm 8:26 PM

Airtel is leading to do tatcis .