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Representational picture:The Union Minister for Communications, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing at the release of the postal stamp on “Liver Transplant”, in New Delhi on November 04, 2014. (PIB Photo)

DoT to Ban Call Spoofing ‘WePhone’ App Soon: Minister

Indian Intelligence authorities have asked the country’s Department of Telecommunications (DOT) to ban the ‘WePhone’ App that comes with ‘Call Spoofing’ feature and difficult to trace.

The mobile “WePhone” is an answer to the eves-dropping intelligence networks all over the world as it makes the caller identity not traceable for the regulator or official agencies by allowing the user to spoof the Calling Line Identification (CLT) via Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Indian IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha that any call made from “WePhone” app routes the call via its server located abroad, thus making it difficult for the police or intelligence agencies to trace the call, especially in case of terrorist plots in the country.

Hence, DOT has been asked to block the app, said the minister and a technical panel that was created has recommended its ban in the country. The Group Coordinator, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, will issue ban order soon after identifying such websites soon, informed the minister.

The telecom ministry on an average approves 5,000 call interceptions monthly on “justified grounds” by law enforcement agencies under Section 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 read with Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951, said the minister in a reply to a question in the House.

In reply to a question in the House, the minister said interception is done by law enforcement agencies under Section 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 read with Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951. “On an average 5,000 interception orders per month are issued by the Union home secretary on the requests supported by justified grounds/reasons made by law enforcement agencies,” he said.

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