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To tackle cyber crimes — Govt plans new norms for search, seizure of digital info

Richa Mishra
K.R. Srivats

Sources said that the guidelines on search and seizure would also come to the aid of investigating agencies such as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other agencies that are trying economic offences.

New Delhi , April 14

INVESTIGATING agencies may no longer find it difficult to produce digital information as evidence in courts with the Government planning to come up with guidelines for search and seizure of such information.

"Crimes today are not just restricted to computers. It can arise from host of other electronic devices like smartphones with cameras. There has to be some guidelines under which the investigating agencies can search and seize digital information," highly placed Government sources told BusinessLine.

For analysing digital evidence, the National Police Academy and C-DAC have already come out with tools to assist the investigating agencies in tackling the cyber crimes. The Ministry of Information Technology funded the project.

Experts point out that newer forms and manifestations of cyber crimes are emerging everyday, which are worrying the regulatory authorities. Sources said that the guidelines on search and seizure would also come to the aid of investigating agencies such as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other agencies that are trying economic offences.

At a recent seminar on `Reinventing Indian legal system for achieving double digit economic growth' organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Mr Pavan Duggal, Advocate, held that the Government has to be quick in responding to the challenges raised by the constantly changing technologies.

"There is a need for new legislative mechanisms to counter cyber crimes," he said.

Mr Duggal said that enforcement aspect of IT Act 2000 was an area of grave concern. He stressed the need for enacting new laws concerning electronic payments, information security, data protection and Internet banking.

Commenting on the applicability of IT Act, he said that it was not clear as to how and in what particular manner the said Act would apply to any offence or contravention committed outside the country by any person.

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