India examines new security law

India is considering introducing a law that will force operators and vendors to ensure networks can be monitored in real-time by security agencies.
The proposed law would require operators to modify their networks to allow lawful interception of voice, emails, internet data and VoIP communications, the Times of India reported.
While Indian telcos are already required to enable state surveillance by license agreement, this would be the first time such ability is put on the statute books.
A new security council will be established to monitor the applications of the law to address concerns of business leaders, the Times said. The commission would also make security decisions, based on input from intelligence agencies and businesses.
The government hopes to pass the law in 2011 and is consulting with US authorities over the workings of its similar Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, Live Mint states.
Indian authorities have been pressuring RIM for months to allow surveillance of encrypted messages sent over its corporate email service.
The Home ministry is still in talks with RIM over developing a voluntary technical solution, however the proposed new rules would force the BlackBerry maker's hand.