Big Brother is getting set to monitor high-tech terror and crime.
The Telecom Commission has proposed a Rs 500-crore package to set up a Centre for Communication and Security Research and Monitoring, an institution that would help national security agencies by using high-technology methods and practices to keep tabs on those who might use computer and telecommunication networks to violate law and national interests.
A scheme to set up the centre was approved last month by the Cabinet, which had said that a network to help defence and security related requirements should be put in place within 12 months.
The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) has been appointed as the nodal agency to implement the scheme.
An official in the Telecom Commission said the Planning Commission has already set aside Rs 50 crore to start the centre's activities in 2007-08.
"The Rs 500 crore would be spent during the 11th Plan period. Under the scheme, activities like lawful interception, monitoring and analysis as well as telecom testing and security certification would be undertaken," he said.
The scheme envisages the use of computing methods and intelligent state-of-the-art techniques and equipment such as biometric devices to help national security agencies. The plan involves the use of crypto analysis, voice recognition technologies, computer grid surveillance, encryption, decryption and database research to monitor telecommunication networks.
The move to set up the centre was envisaged following an alert sounded by security agencies about the prolific use of telecom infrastructure by undesirable social elements resuling in anti-social networking and unlawful activities by criminal elements.
Under the scheme, a core platform and software would be executed at a location that would act as a centralised national hub. While one section of the hub would be for lawful interception, the other one would be used as a centre for telecom testing and security certification.