Telecommunication in India is likely to get a complete revamp in the coming days. After suggesting a heavy fine for commercial calls made by the telemarketers, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has suggested that the Illegal interception of phone calls or phone tapping should also be punished.
As per the suggestions, the government is likely to impose a hefty financial penalty of Rs 2 crore on such illegal tapping, a 2000 percent increase from the current Rs 1,00,000. This suggestion is likely to find a way in the Right to Privacy Bill that is being drafted and is expected to be presented during the monsoon session of the Parliament.
No one would listen to your conversation in future (Picture credit: Getty Images)
This development has come in the wake of the Delhi police registering numerous phone tapping cases by private detective agencies, which also extended to some politicians.
As on date, only government agencies, on prior permission from the Home Ministry, are allowed to tap telephone calls. However, law enforcement agencies, including those under the Finance Ministry and the CBI, are allowed to tap phones of any individual for security or operational reasons for 72 hours even without permission from the Home Secretary.
Officials believe that when the proposed bill comes into force, the huge penalty could act as deterrent for private detective agencies that tap phones. As reported earlier, for unsolicited commercial calls (UCC), DoT has proposed a penalty of Rs 20,000.
Publish date: May 30, 2013 4:47 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 11:47 am