Providers of web-based calling services such as Google and Skype will be required to open their networks to government security surveillance in accordance with a directive issued this week by India’s ministry of home affairs. The announcement expands on a similar pronouncement that had been directed by the ministry toward Canada’s Research-in-Motion Ltd. (RIM) and users of its BlackBerry wireless e-mail device in India. Citing the potential of terrorist activity and the prospect of terrorists plotting through webenabled networks, the ministry threatened recently to ban BlackBerry usage in India unless RIM complied with the government’s demand to allow security monitoring of encrypted Blackberry transmissions. Ending a weeks-long impasse, the government agreed Monday to postpone enforcement of the directive for at least 60 days while RIM continues work on a technical solution that addresses the concerns of both parties. (Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram also confirmed that RIM had begun providing the government with access to its secure data on Wednesday.) With respect to Google, Skype and other providers of virtual private network services, a spokesman affirmed that the government had expanded its request for “lawful access” to include such networks, adding: “the ministry of home affairs has made it clear that any communication through the telecom networks should be accessible to law enforcement agencies and all telecom service providers including third parties have to comply.” Federal Home Secretary G.K. Pillai also said that affected service providers “will have to install servers in this country” to enable local security agencies to monitor network communications. Declaring it has yet to receive an official notice, a spokeswoman for Google said, “if and when we do, we will review and respond.”