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India Govt plans rule for encrypted data access

January 13, 2012

Service providers will have to place servers in India to ensure data is not leaked out of country

The India government has proposed a legal provision that puts the onus uniformly on companies such as Skype Technologies SA and Google Inc​. to locate part of their information technology (IT) infrastructure within the country to enable investigative agencies ready access to encrypted data on their servers.

Further, to guarantee privacy, this legal provision will also require that data of Indian citizens, government organizations and firms hosted on the servers of these companies not be moved out of the country, three government officials confirmed separately.

At present, the servers of all service providers are located outside the country and whatever data is generated or exchanged travels to the respective country. If servers or similar facilities are located in India, then data exchanges within the country would stay there.

Source  India Govt plans rule for encrypted data access

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After BlackBerry, India now wants access to Google, Skype, VPN data

September 1, 2010

A day after giving the maker of BlackBerry two months to open its data to authorities, Indian regulators have put all telecom firms on notice that they have “lawful access” to their data. That puts a bull’s-eye on Google’s Gmail, Skype’s VoIP calls and corporate virtual privacy networks.

“The ministry of home affairs has made it clear that any communication through the telecom networks should be accessible to the law enforcement agencies and all telecom service providers including third parties have to comply with this,” an official told the Times of India.

“Any company with a telecoms network should be accessible,” an Indian Home Ministry official told the BBC. “It could be Google or Skype, but anyone operating in India will have to provide data.”

“Skype has a similar issue to BlackBerry, in so far as it uses a proprietary protocol and no one knows what is under the hood,” Carsten Casper, a research director at analyst firm Gartner, told the BBC. He said the government is simply “working its way down the to-do list.”

The government is also targeting VPNs used by corporate employees working remotely.

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Skype encryption broken

July 13, 2010

According to recent reports the compact encryption code used by Skype to protect its network has been uncovered by cryptography expert Sean O’Neil.

O’Neil on the contrary believes that the code has already been exploited by Skype spammers.

Skype’s encryption code is supposedly hovers around a cipher called RC4, that is employed by the VoIP service provider to offer security to its clients and at the same maintain a distance from servers which might be attacked by hackers and spammers, as well as third parties who might create their own IM clients using Skype’s network.

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