As per the MHA's suggestion, the operators may be given a go-ahead by telecom regulator Trai to recover the LBS cost, estimated at $4-5 billion, from consumers through a nominal increase in tariff,” reported The Times of India.
Set by the DoT in May last year, LBS as a part of the security mandate required all cellphone operators track and record the location of a user with accuracy of up to 50 metres in urban areas and for sub-urban, rural and remote areas, the distance of 100-500 metres, by May 2014.
This has been a demand of security agencies and rightly so, the service can help in tracking the movements of suspects and help security agencies in nabbing the terrorists before they put into practice their perilous designs. But one thing that everybody would fear from the service is the misuse of the technology in breaching privacy.
As has been often complained, even laws have been misued by the agencies for their benefits, and this service can be misused to blackmail people after recording their movements, etc.
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