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M Veerpan Moily for separate law to tackle cyber crimes

Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 14:15

New Delhi: Law Minister M Veerpan Moily
on Sunday on Sunday advocated enactment of separate laws and creation of a
specialised agency to deal with the menace of cyber crimes, as
amending the existing IT Act will not solve the problem.

"I think instead of amending the IT Act we should have
separate laws for each of the classification of the cyber
crimes. It is a matter we need to deal with, instead of
tinkering with the IT Act from time to time to meet the
contingencies," Moily said here.

Making laws only to deal with contingencies is "not a
desired thing" as it may lead to curtailing the basic
substantive rights of the entrepreneurs, Moily said at the
launch of the "Cyber Law Enforcement Programme and National
Consultation Meeting."

The Law Minister also lamented that the country lacked a
specific enforcement agency to deal exclusively with cyber
laws. He said several countries like United States and South
Korea have created such agencies.

He also said that since challenges posed by cyber crime
were new to India, the country did not have a collective skill
of experts to deal with such situations. The Law Minister
pointed that judicial officers also lacked training to deal
with cases related to cyber crimes.

The minister pointed out that even the IT industry lacked
self-regulation in areas of privacy and data collection.

Moily said information, communication and technology is
the future of global economy. But at the same time it had the
potential to destroy and can become a symbol of evil.

The minister said India will have to manage its IT
resources so that they can be used for the benefit of the
country and not against it.

Quoting the 2005 figures of the US` Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), Moily said US companies lost 67.2 billion
dollars due to cyber crime.

He said nature of information available in the cyber
world and anonymity attached to it created problems for law
makers in dealing with IT related crimes. Moily said it was
essential to get hold of the information which is intangible
in nature and changes computer servers in a fraction of

The minister stressed on the need to be forewarned of an
impending crime than taking action after it was committed. He
also pointed at the need to have the latest equipment and
technologies to deal with the crime which are committed in a
borderless environment.

He said cyber space was a field which was guided by the
future, not past and cautioned that law enforcement must work
hand in hand with the civic rights of the society.

Speaking on the occasion Attorney General G E Vahanvati
said a student in Philippines went unpunished for unleashing a
deadly "I love you virus" on the Internet which affected
computer systems of White House, FBI and Pentagon as country
had no laws to deal with such crimes.


First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 14:15
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