Govt yet to decide on bringing Facebook, Twitter servers to India from USA, elsewhere
This must be a great news to companies like Facebook and Twitter besides other similar companies. Indian government hasnâ€™t made it compulsory for such companies to bring their servers here in India.
Earlier there were indications that the Indian government will force such big companies to bring their severs to India. It would have allowed the government to keep an eye more closely on what goes in and out of these social networking sites. Put together, the two companies have as many as 1.8 million users across the world. At least twenty percent Indian are members of the two social networking companies.
Indian communication minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has made it apparently clear that the government hasnâ€™t taken any decision regarding whether or not to bring servers of social media providers like Facebook and Twitter into India. While responding to question in Parliament the minister said that despite this, the government regularly interacts with these companies in order to resolve issues regarding unlawful content on the Internet.
There is no denying the fact that the Indian government keeps a very close watch on these sites and continues to get data from them. But if and when these servers are brought into India, itâ€™ll be easier for the government to cooperate with the companies and bypass the encryption, but at the moment, they need to go through a long process in order to do this. Despite not asking them to bring their servers to India, the government has asked service providers as well as websites like Facebook and Twitter to allow lawful interception and monitoring facilities to the security agencies.