Changes in IT Act to deal with cyber crime

By agencies   |   Thursday, 21 July 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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CHENNAI: The amendments, which will be incorporated in the IT Act to deal tough with cyber criminals, are expected to be finalized in the next 3-4 weeks, Nasscom President Kiran Karnik said.

A committee, consisting of members from both the Government and industry, has been analyzing the suitable amendments to the existing IT Act.

These amendments will be put through all legislation and other processes, he said. These amendments are desirable. Though the present law is fine, there are some ambiguities. Hence we had sought for some amendments to the IT Act, he added.

He pointed out that amendments were to be in place to remove the perception abroad that India was lacking in a proper cyber law and its enforcement. We have also been talking to the regulators, handling cyber crimes, in other countries, he added.

“As another major step towards handling cyber crime, we have initiated steps to train the agencies, which are handling cyber crimes. Though the law is good, the enforcement is bad. However, awareness has to be created among the police personnel to handle such crimes,” he added.

The third important step would be on the judiciary levels. "We want to talk to the judiciary on cyber crimes and also on evidence in connection with cyber crimes," he said.

Karnik said the industry has also been sensitized to adopt best practices to tackle such crimes. Companies had also been asked to look internally. They have been asked to create ethical values among the employees.

Referring to national database of IT-BPO employees being created by Nasscom, he said it was in discussion with National Security Depository Ltd, which will be the custodian of data management.

However, another third party organization, which specializes background checks, would be handling cross-checking of information, he said, adding, "in the next two months, we will have a pilot model on this initiative."

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