IT minister Alphons expresses concern on spying from imported devices

IT minister Alphons expresses concern on spying from imported devices

Expressing concern over possible spying via imported equipment, Minister of State for IT Alphons Kannanthanam on Friday called for a re- look at the government's procurement system which favours the lowest bidders.

"I am a little scared about lot of equipments being imported into India from not-so-friendly country. I hope you understand what I mean. I don't have to name them," Kannanthanam said while speaking at Cyber Surakshit Bharat Conclave.

He said equipment from the unfriendly nation can be switched off with a press of a button or voice command and there is a need to cleverly deal with it.

The government has to think over L1 (lowest bidder) procedures, where we buy from the lowest quoted firms. Their objective to quote lowest price was aimed at to spy on you and our country?, he said.  

India has been importing large scale electronic equipments and Chinese firms have been a major supplier.

 

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