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Internet censorship in India

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The Indian government these days enters the final stage of the first phase of implementation of the system for monitoring Internet activity, text messaging (e-mail, SMS) and voice calls of their residents. It is about $74 million heavy security project that is broadly conceived as a weapon to fighting terrorism. It is difficult, however, to ignore the fact that the privacy of users now virtually will not exist.

Censoring and control of content is not a strange thing to citizens in India. Back in March, the Indian government filed suit against Google, Facebook and Microsoft for incomplete censoring of inappropriate content and alleged incitement to violence and hatred. Microsoft was later dropped from the lawsuit.

Exact details about the Central Monitoring System and the individuals who will monitor it (and on what basis) were not presented. The system is already working, but the implementation will be officially finalized by August 2014.

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