Telcos can keep call data and internet usage record for at least 2 years, DoT orders


The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has extended the period for archiving subscriber call data and Internet usage records for security reasons from one year to two years. Amendments to the licenses were issued on December 21 and extended to other types of telecommunications permits on December 22.

“The licensee must maintain a record of all business records / call logs / transaction logs / IP profile logs on the network for communications exchanged. Such records will be archived for at least two years for the licensee’s inspection for security reasons.”

Telecom companies may erase the stored data if no direction comes from DoT after that.

The circular states that the amendment is necessary “in the public interest or in the security interest of the State or for the proper conduct of telegraphs.”

The amendment requires telecom companies to maintain subscribers’ Internet data records, including login and exit details of all subscribers to services such as Internet access, email, mobile applications or Internet service such as Wi-Fi calls. Years.

Previous rules made archiving call data and Internet usage logs mandatory for at least 1 year.

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