'Monitoring can't stall misuse of cellphones'

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
Dec 24, 2004 10:24 PM IST

The Bharti CMD was responding to a query on whether mobile service providers could forestall incidents like 'MMS scandal'.

Monitoring of voice and other data flowing through telecom network could not be a solution to the problems highlighted by the 'MMS scandal', which call for better societal discipline, mobile etiquette as well as up-to-date cyber laws, Bharti Enterprises CMD Sunil Mittal said on Friday.

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"No customer would want its conversations, messages, pictures to be monitored by the telecom network and it would also amount to breach of privacy. Mobile networks have nothing to do with it," Mittal said in New Delhi.

In tackling such problems, the government would have to fill the loopholes in IT laws and make the laws up to date, he said.

Mittal said it was wrong to implicate the multi-media messaging service (MMS) in the scandal involving Delhi's school students. "It was not MMS. Such a huge file cannot be transferred over MMS. Somebody took a picture from a camera and put it on the Internet after uploading it on the computer. MMS has nothing to do with it."

He was responding to a query as to whether mobile service providers have any role to play in forestalling incidents like the 'MMS scandal'.

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