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PVT NOS FACE SECURITY HURDLE

Private numbers can now face security hurdles especially after the 26/11 terror attack. Following this many requests for private numbers have also been rejected. Private numbers, once a fad with the swish set, are now a fading phenomenon thanks to heightened security concerns. Till four to five years ago, getting a number that did not flash on the screen was easier. But in the last two years, stringent security directives and tougher benchmarks especially after 26/11 have ensured that most applications – of which there are a sizeable number – are rejected. In a city of over 12 million mobile phone users, there are only about 300 that have the caller line identification restriction service (CLIR), officials said, adding there are currently around 900 CLIR subscribers across the country. And a chunk of these, or around 80%, are old connections, say mobile service providers. Most subscribers happen to be actors, followed by politicians, policemen, big developers as well as some small-time businessmen. Technology experts said though police can monitor conversations on private connections, security concerns persist.

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