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Objections to Mobile Number Portability

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Department of Telecommunications

RAJYASABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2941
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22ND APRIL, 2010
Objections to Mobile Number Portability

 

2941. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state

(a) whether it is a fact that there have been objections from security agencies to implement Mobile Number Portability, on account of potential misuse by anti-national elements;
(b)        if so, the details thereof; and
(c)         the steps Government proposes to take to incorporate appropriate safeguards so as to make the mechanism foolproof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI GURUDAS KAMAT)

(a) & (b) Sir, the main security concerns of the Security Agencies with regard to implementation of Mobile Number Portability are seamless lawful interception of messages! call related information in case the ported number is already under lawful interception.

(c) The views of Ministry of Horne Affairs on porting process for numbers under lawful interception in awaited. Thereafter, necessary instructions regarding porting process for numbers under lawful interception shall be issued.