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'Cybersecurity in India Hasn't Received the Attention it Deserves': Plea in Supreme Court Seeks Guidelines to Combat Hacking, Cyber Crimes, Data Theft

Lawstreet Journal 17 Nov 2021 7:27pm

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The Supreme Court recently adjourned the writ petition which sought for formulation of new guidelines to combat hacking, cyber crimes, data theft and allied issues for November 26, 2021.

The bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar directed Advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma appearing for the petitioner to serve an advance copy of the petition to Centre's (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) Standing Counsel.

The petition had sought for guidelines for creation of:

  • Toll-free complaint and redressal centres for cases of social media hacks, cyber crimes and data breach.
  • New posts in cyber cells.
  • Filling cyber cells with technical experts at the District level in every State.
  • A temporary body with extensive powers to look into data breaches and redressal.
  • Data Protection Rights and Cyber Security measures which would strengthen public trust.

It was argued that lack of a central authority or a central body with pan-India jurisdiction to tackle cases created huge bottlenecks for the smooth operation of cyber cells.

"In 2016, over 30 lakh debit card details were made public in a major data breach. Similarly, the Aadhaar Data Breach is considered as the World's largest data breach and if one has to go on with the list, the ramifications are way too high," the petition stated.

Petitioners in this backdrop had also contended that this defeated the purpose of having cyber cells because such cyber crimes and data theft spanned in different states and jurisdictions and created issues like jurisdiction and infrastructure scarcity.

Preferred by Advocate Shubham Awasthi, the petition… Continue Reading...

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