10 February 2012

Changes in IT Act crucial for fighting cyber crime: IT experts

Mobile devices have more computing power than most sophisticated PCs. We have become dependent on them to the extent that once they conk out, we are utterly helpless. These vital devices store a lot of critical information. However, they are not governed by clearly laid out laws. The need of the hour is to enact a new legislation or amend the existing act, say cyber security experts.

“If you list out the top five important laws passed in this country post independence, the IT Act of 2000 would definitely be one of them. Information technology now governs every aspect of our lives,” says Pavan Duggal, advocate of the Supreme Court of India, who was part of the team that drafted the act. “However, what we now have is a grossly lopsided act. The law was amended in 2008 when there was no social media. Mobile usage was also not that prevalent. Today mobile phone plays a part in a large number of common crimes. The need of the hour is to have a law for communication devices and social media.”

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