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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Department of Telecommunications
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 4485 TO BE ANSWERED ON 6TH MAY, 2010 Objections to Implement Mobile Number Protability
4485. SHRI RAJIV CHANDRASEKHAR: Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:(a) whether it is 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 Home Affairs on porting process for numbers under lawful interception has been received. Necessary instructions regarding porting process for numbers under lawful interception shall be issued in due course.