Is VoIP legal in India

India wants to eavesdrop on Skype and Google

"There is a whole list of companies that have been advised to create access and provide solutions," the paper quoted Sachin Pilot, Minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology. "Law enforcement agencies, the Ministry of the Interior and secret services need the information for national security," Pilot told reporters on the sidelines of a conference.

India apparently fears that terrorists could use services such as those offered by Skype and Google for their own purposes. Background: The services are strongly encrypted and cannot be monitored by the authorities. Both Google and Skype said they had not heard from the Indian government on this matter.

It is not India's first foray in this direction. Last year, the country asked Google and Skype, among others, to operate local servers for their services. The reason for this desire is obvious. The servers in their own country would fall under Indian law, the authorities would have the opportunity to legally access the communication data.

Other corporations have already responded to India's demands. According to the Wall Street Journal, Nokia set up servers in India in December so that authorities in the country can control their enterprise e-mail service. India sees one possibility for surveillance as a prerequisite for companies to be allowed to offer encrypted services in the country.

In addition, negotiations are currently ongoing with Research In Motion about access to its business e-mail service. RIM has already provided the authorities with systems to control its messaging and Internet service. The monitoring of company e-mails is impossible because the technology required for it does not exist, the Canadian company said.