[ISN] India Moves to Crack Down on Internet Crime

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Date: Thu Feb 25 1999 - 22:38:49 PST

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    India moves to crack down on Internet crime
    NEW DELHI (February 25, 1999 10:16 a.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com) -
    Indian police said on Thursday they will take the lead in controlling
    computer crimes and regulating Internet companies to check gambling and
    The Central Bureau of Investigation will initiate measures to design new
    high-tech legislation, they said at the end of a two-day seminar on
    computer crimes.
    "The telecoms department should have selective restrictions on Internet
    service providers," K.P.S. Gandhi, director of India's Forensic Research
    Laboratory, told the concluding session of the seminar.
    CBI officials brainstormed with experts from the U.S.  Federal Bureau of
    Investigation and officials from banks and law enforcement agencies at the
    They told a news conference that the Information Technology Bill, which is
    planned to be introduced in the current session of parliament, would
    contain provisions to help check computer crime in addition to measures to
    legalize electronic transactions.
    India has been slow to wake up to computerization, and large parts of the
    government, the banking and insurance sectors and law enforcement
    authorities still use paper files extensively.
    As a result, the police have little information on computer crimes, and
    even less on how they could be combated.
    "Policemen need to learn not only to use firearms but also how to use a
    computer," Chakravarty Rangarajan, governor of the state of Andhra Pradesh
    and former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, said.
    He also called for a law to protect computer data and files, on the lines
    of Britain's Data Protection Act.
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