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The DoT has suggested to the government to increase the penalty for illegal phone tapping from the present Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 crore. The increased illegal activities of phone tapping has been on the increase resulting in much complaints.

DOT has proposed the higher penalty to be included in the proposed ‘Right to Privacy Bill’ which the government in preparing. This proposal is welcome. But at the same time it also should be ensured that even the government should not tap the telephones, except in case of national security etc.