The Department of Telecom (DoT) has extended the period of the archive of call data as well as Internet user records for subscribers for two years instead of one because of security concerns.
The licences’ modifications were approved on the 21st of December and extended to other types that telecom permit on the 22nd of December. “The licensee must keep all records of commercial use, including call detail record/exchange detail record/IP detail record , with records of communications exchanged over the network. The records will be archived for a minimum of two years to be examined by the licensor, for reasons of security,” the DoT circular stated.
Telecom companies can erase the data they have stored if there isn’t any direction from the DoT afterward. The circular stated that the change was necessary to protect the “public interest or in the interest of the security of the state or for the proper conduct of the telegraphs”.
The amendment requires telecom companies to keep Internet information records for subscribers such as login and logout data of all users for services like Internet access as well as e-mail. Internet telephone services such as calls made via mobile applications or Wi-Fi calls for at minimum two years.