India will ask Google, Skype to give data access

By : |August 31, 2010 0

NEW DELHI, INDIA: After cracking down on BlackBerry, India said it will send notices to Google and Skype asking them to set up servers in the country and give access to its Internet data, a top interior ministry official said on Wednesday.

Concerned about militants using BlackBerry or Internet to plan attacks, India is pushing the smartphone maker Research in Motion, Google and Skype to open up its data for government monitoring.

BlackBerry had recently got a reprieve after the government gave Research In Motion two-month’s time to provide a permanent solution to avert a ban on its messaging services.

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India is also targeting "virtual private networks", which give employees secure access to their company networks when they are working out of the office.

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