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7 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 6 August, 2018 10:19:37 PM
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BTRC to tighten call detail record rules

Tareque Moretaza
BTRC to tighten call detail record  rules

In keeping with the demands of government organisations to protect state security, law and order, and corruption, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has brought changes in the focal point group relating to the call detail record (CDR) of mobile phone users.

On August 28, 2016, the BTRC had taken an initiative to limit access to the call detail record (CDR) of mobile phone subscribers.

But the collection of CDR was interrupted due to the absence of any representative from legal department of the commission under Sections 159 and 160 of the Criminal Procedure.

However, a representative of the legal department has been included in the new list.

According to the decision of the 215th meeting of the commission, eight officers of BTRC have been appointed to the focal points of CDR. Four of them will be appointed as primary officials and others as volunteers. A director of the systems and services(SS) department will be the convenor of the Focal Point Group.

According to the records of the commission meeting in July, anyone could collect CDR at any time due to the absence of a focal point official.

On August 28, 2016,  BTRC vice-chairman Ahsan Habib said subscribers’ CDR consists of the record of beginning and ending of a call, duration of the call, originating and terminating numbers, IMEI of the mobile phone calling a number, location and many more things.

"It's not right that anyone, except for the subscriber, should know this information. This curbs a person’s right and CDR can also be used for ill motives," he added.

According to the Telecommunication Act 2001 (Corrected in 2010) 97 KA clause, “In the interest of state security, government law enforcers NTMC, DGFI, NSI, RB, SB has the right to take CDR from the mobile operator if its needed was stated in the minutes of the meeting."

However, it was not decided in the meeting whether the process will continue or law enforcement agencies will have to take the CDR from the regulator.

The BTRC also said that CDR will be given to the ACC, different ministries and government organisaitions, if the demand arises.  

 

 

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