Need to re-look at IT Act to counter cyber crime: Govt

 Cyber crime has become a challenge and this needs to be addressed by taking a relook at the IT Act and revamping criminal laws, government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

New Delhi: Cyber crime has become a challenge and this needs to be addressed by taking a relook at the IT Act and revamping criminal laws, government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

"This is a challenge before the government. In order to counter the challenge, IT Act needs to be relooked," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said during Question Hour.

He said there was a need to "revamp" the criminal laws such as IPC and CRPC to counter the growing menace of cyber crime which has "no boundaries."

The minister was responding to a question on details of legislative and other measures have been taken to prevent cyber crimes.

The Information Technology Act, 2000 was amended in 2008 to address all forms of cyber crimes. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology has taken various measures under the IT Act to address the menace of cyber crime.

For prevention of cyber crimes, government has formulated action plan, which includes technical, administrative, legal and capacity building measures to effectively address the issue.

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