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According to a new draught telecommunications bill posted late on Wednesday, the government has suggested a law to put the interception of encrypted over-the-top communication services (OTT) like WhatsApp and Signal inside a legal framework.

Telecommunication services are defined in the bill as services of any kind, such as broadcasting, electronic mail, voice mail, voice, video, and data communication services, audiotex, and videotex services, as well as fixed and mobile services, internet and broadband services, and satellite-based communication services.

Additionally, it comprises over-the-top (OTT) communication services, interpersonal communications services, machine-to-machine services, in-flight and marine connectivity services, internet-based communication services, and services for in-person and machine-to-machine communication.

Any additional service that the central government may declare to be a communications service may be added by the government. On the draught, the public has been asked for feedback.