‘Cellphone service providers agree to share data with police’

KARACHI(Neo Web Desk) The Sindh police on Tuesday reached an ‘understanding’ with the mobile phone service providers to access call data record and location of their subscribers through global system for mobile communication (GSM) as well as geo-fencing facility — the technology that was not allowed to the police by the federal interior ministry — for investigation purpose, officials and sources said.They said the police authorities and top officials of Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid and Zong reached the ‘understanding’ at a meeting presided over by Sindh IG police Ghulam Hyder Jamali, held at the Central Police Office (CPO). Senior officials of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) were also present.According to a brief police statement issued following the meeting, the officials discussed in detail the procedure to ensure timely access to information such as call data record and location besides the geo-fencing facility. “It was decided to appoint focal persons for all police units to remove bottlenecks in this regard to ensure smooth flow of information and timely action against terrorists and criminal elements.”

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