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Indian Government To Track Locations of All Cell Phone Users 151

Posted by timothy
from the or-do-you-have-something-to-hide? dept.
asto21 writes with this excerpt from The Indian Express: "As per amendments made to operators' licences, beginning May 31, operators would have to provide the Department of Telecommunications real-time details of users' locations in latitudes and longitudes. Documents obtained by The Indian Express show that details shall initially be provided for mobile numbers specified by the government. Within three years, service providers will have to provide information on locations of all users. The information will have some margin of error at first. But by 2013, at least 60 per cent of the calls in urban areas would have to be accurately tracked when made 100 metres away from the nearest cell tower. By 2014, the government will seek to increase the proportion to 75 per cent in cities and 50 per cent in suburban and rural areas."
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Indian Government To Track Locations of All Cell Phone Users

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  • data (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Poeli (573204) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @11:18AM (#39060119)

    With 1B inhabitants, that's a hell of a lot of data to store. Privacy issue aside, I really wonder if there're not drowning themselfs in data...

  • Re:Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mitgib (1156957) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @11:44AM (#39060601) Homepage Journal

    I'd be seriously amazed if they aren't already doing this.

    I tend to agree, and while shocking about India, it is also refreshing they are being upfront about it.

  • Re:Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh.gmail@com> on Thursday February 16, 2012 @11:54AM (#39060803) Journal

    Oh please the US has been doing this for a long time, along with most first-world countries. In the US there is even a handy web interface for the cops to use whenever they please:

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/gps-data [wired.com]

  • Re:Wrong (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Rakishi (759894) on Thursday February 16, 2012 @12:42PM (#39061697)

    That's not a lot of data, if you think it is then you haven't seen how much data some corporations have. At my last job I didn't even notice a stray terabyte here or there.

    Let's say you end up with 1TB worth of data per day and 400TB per year. Facebook has 21 petabytes in it's 2000 machine hadoop cluster . Every day they add 12TB of compressed data and scan through 800TB of compressed data. Yahoo had 40000 machines in it's various hadoop clusters.

    400TB a year is nothing. You'd need maybe 100 of those 12TB facebook like servers for that (with replication, etc, etc.). Let's say 300 across two data centers for true redundancy. A moderately sized cluster as such things go.

    The cost of a server is I think $10000/year. So that all comes out to only $3million per year, make it $10million with all the usual corruption involved in such things. Basically peanuts to a government.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?