Whatsapp breach: Time to inculcate and adopt cyber security as way of life

Pavan Duggal
Pavan Duggal

MyNation caught up with Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, to discuss the National Cyber Security Policy of 2020, and how this would be an enhancement to the 2013 policy. However, there are key parameters that one should be mindful of.

In the wake of the WhatsApp breach, there has been talk once again on the issue of cyber security. Come 2020, there would be a tremendous enhancement over the National Cyber Security Policy of 2013.

The Cyber Security Strategy Policy would be released in January. This would be a major step forward in securing our cyber space and also realising the $ 5 trillion economy. While it would be a great leap forward, there would be several challenges as well.

MyNation caught up with Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts to discuss this issue. He says that the policy of 2020 would be a major enhancement over the National Cyber Security Policy of 2013. When we come up with a strategy as a nation, we must also be mindful of certain key parameters.

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National Encryption Policy will expose Indians to shadow of criminality

Social MediaThe government of India has said that it would keep social media applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter out of the purview of the National Encryption Policy.

The policy which seeks to control secured online communication would also keep out of the ambit secure banking transactions and passwords on e-commerce sites.

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Interview: ‘Ban on pornographic websites is not a reachable target’

The disabling of 857 pornographic websites by the government has seen some angry reactions. The social media in particular is abuzz with discussions on this decision by the government. While issues such as right to privacy are being discussed, the bigger question is what does the government propose to achieve by directing the Internet Service Providers to disable these websites.
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Net Neutrality: Internet is a global heritage, not preserve of select few

netThere has been an uproar over the past couple of days on the issue of net neutrality.
On this day of the internet, one has to realize that the Internet is a global heritage and cannot seize to be the preserve of a select few.
Can the internet become a captive to commercial interests?
Pavan Duggal, leading expert and authority on Cyberlaw & Mobile Law says in this interview with Oneindia that we have to quickly realize that the internet is a global heritage and cannot be the preserve of a select few.

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Striking down Sec 66A: Unintended consequences as baby thrown out with bath water

infree1Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act was struck down last week by the Supreme Court and it was hailed as a landmark verdict.
There were several aspects of Section 66A which ran contrary to the Indian Constitution dealing with freedom of speech and expression and there is no doubt that the section could not continue as it was. However has the Supreme Court thrown the baby out with the bath water?
As important as it was to deal with Section 66A, the same could have still been watered down instead of being struck down all together.Read more

Internet freedom at last: Section 66 A of IT act struck down

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Pic: http://www.cxotoday.com/

The Supreme Court today struck down the validity of Section 66 A of the Information Technology (IT) Act terming it as unconstitutional.

The act which was termed as draconian in nature was grossly misused by the law enforcement agencies to carry out arrests for posting objectionable material on the internet.

Internet freedom: Govt promises but Section 66A needs to go

infreeSection 66A of the Information Technology Act is very often compared to Section 498(A) of the Indian Penal Code which deals with dowry.
Both sections have been grossly misused and the debate rages on why the sections have not been amended or struck down all together.
In the era of the internet, it is quite surprising that India even has a Section 66A which runs contrary to the provisions of the Indian Constitution.

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How 66(A) of IT Act can be dangerous for an internet/technology user: Explained

itactSections 66(A) and 74 of the Information Technology Act (IT Act) have been termed as two draconian laws by the Supreme Court of India.
The court even questioned the Centre and asked it to make its stand clear on these two sections which were passed by the UPA government which were invoked several times to harass internet users. Read more

CMS snooping- Many legal pit falls

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Pic: lighthouseinsights.in

India’s Central Monitoring System (CMS) which gives the security agencies the power to snoop into over 1060 million email accounts, cell phones and social networking sites has been compared to the PRISM programme of the United States of America.

There has been no official word about CMS, but officers on condition of anonymity say that the snooping has commenced already and the unit is active in Delhi and would soon spread into Kerala, Karnataka and Kolkata. This would mean more access to accounts and telephone conversations. With the news floating around, there are many who have already questioned the legality of the system which defies a major provision in the Constitution of India known as the Right to Privacy.

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Cyber crime- 3682 cases,1600 arrests, 7 convictions

cyber-crime1The Government of India declared in the Rajya Sabha recently that there were 1600 arrests in all for cyber crimes which were registered under the Information Technology Act of 2000. Interestingly while the number of arrests have been 1600 and the cases registered 3682, the conviction rate is a shocking 7 of which only three are significant.

The interesting aspect of these numbers is that the number of cyber crimes have only gone up ten fold in the past couple of years and legal experts would say that the reason for this is the low rate of conviction. The data available with the National Crime Records Bureau reads thus. In the year 2007, the arrests made were 154 while in the following year it was 178. In the years 2009 and 2010 the number of persons arrested were 288 and 799 and in 2011 it was 1184. This is clearly a huge rise in the number of arrests. Continue reading “Cyber crime- 3682 cases,1600 arrests, 7 convictions”