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NTMC to develop a central data hub

The National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) is seeking to bring all the information of government and non-governmental organizations, and telecommunication service providers, on a single platform.A meeting was held in this regard between several law enforcement and intelligence agencies with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in the chair, held at NTMC office in Tejgaon, Dhaka, on Wednesday.
Asaduzzaman Khan, after the meeting, said: “In this era of information technology, people are misusing digital media to commit crimes. At today’s meeting, we discussed the necessary tools required for the smooth functioning of the organization.”

NTMC Director, Brig Gen Ziaul Ahsan, said: “If a local police station is directly in touch with Facebook concerning a fake Facebook ID, it is not fruitful. By sending us the information instead, we can act on their behalf in a centralized way.”

When asked about phone leaks earlier in the election, he said: “NTMC did not have any involvement in those.”

When asked if the organization will record cell phone conversations of all citizens from now on, and how will the information of an ordinary citizen be stored, Ziaul Ahsan said: “The law enforcement and intelligence agencies will store information of those criminals involved in anti-national conspiracies. Only those people will be brought under surveillance.” He further said: “Other than them, no one will be brought under surveillance. Even if information is stored, it will not be misused.  Everything will be done for the sake of national security.”
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  • 20 February 2019