Ahead of full-fledged 3G services coupled with Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Tamil Nadu, the Chennai Police are working with telecom companies here to analyse the challenges these services could throw up, particularly cyber crimes.

While insisting on a foolproof mechanism to ensure genuineness of the address/documents of subscribers as per TRAI guidelines, the police have asked mobile phone service providers to focus more on pre-paid numbers.

A fortnight ago, Additional Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Sanjay Arora held discussions with representatives of 10 service providers in this regard, police sources said.

On the instructions of Police Commissioner T. Rajendran, senior officers, including those handling cyber crimes in the Central Crime Branch, held a brainstorming session with experts on Tuesday.

“Police should be aware of the implications of 3G/MNP as the technology may facilitate crimes. We want to make sure that every user is identified,” Mr. Rajendran said.

Senior police officers foresee a migration from computer systems to mobile phones when it comes to the use of Internet in committing offences. “3G will facilitate faster transmission of data…there will be lot of video streaming. A big volume of Internet usage will shift from computers to handheld gadgets. The kind of support service providers can extend and the limitation of law enforcing agencies is being discussed,” Mr. Sanjay Arora, who participated in the deliberations, said. An exclusive training module would be designed to sensitise police at all levels about the challenges 3G services could pose in future, he added.

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