Net-based messaging services may face Ban

After BlackBerry Smartphone, the Indian law enforcement agencies might target Internet-based messaging services, offered by Internet giants like Google and Skype, which are inaccessible to them or allow communication between users in encrypted format.

In a meeting held a few weeks ago, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Union Home Ministry warned various associations of mobile operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) not to allow any communication in any encrypted form, as it may be used by anti-national elements.

Now ISPs providing messaging services fear that, after BlackBerry, it might their turn to face the heat. Such services offered by companies like Google and Skype might have to either follow government guidelines or face ban.