The increase in the use of technology via the interconnection of networks available at our disposal increases the risk of falling into the trap of a cyber attack. This seeks necessity of stringent cyber laws.
The Internet — initially — was built with the intent of sharing information in the form of hypertext. The context at that point was focused more on research. Exploring new topics and making it available for all.
However, over the span of past 27 years, the Internet has become a completely different monster.
Hell, we’re almost at a point where we see the development of self-driving cars and the like. Machines or in general technology has developed so, so much. The idea of intelligent robots who’d run errands, cook food and do a lot more don’t surprise me anymore.
And with the movements like Digital India & the recent experiment Demonetization, more and more people around the country are moving towards using online alternatives to cash.
Ever since it’s inception, technology has been finding ways to move forwards in terms of convenience for the people. In fact a couple years from now, with advancement in concepts like Internet Of Things (IoT), we’ll see technology as a completely different beast altogether. The power of being able to control a lot more than just computers and mobile devices with our finger-tips.
All of these advancements, however, brings us to a grave standpoint: increase in cyber crimes.
In simple terms, a cyber crime is an act of crime carried out by computers or the internet.
The more sophisticated technology becomes, the more vulnerable we are to cyber crimes.
In fact, over the years, as the technology has evolved, the numbers have been going up.
Nowadays, we hear of many cases of credit/ debit card (bank detail crimes). An XYZ person calls and says he’s the manager of the bank. Asks for your details, gets them and boom, you see an SMS like Rs. 90000 have been debited to your account.
Here’s a chart from the NCRB website:
As you can see, the crimes go up and up, with passing years and advancement in technologies.
These crimes have to be regulated and the people responsible have to be held accountable. The Indian Parliament notified the Information Technology Act, 2000 to deal with cybercrime and electronic commerce.
The original act contained 94 sections, divided into 13 chapters. These cyber laws have been revised over the years as per changing requirements.
The law is a very comprehensive document with some of the sections as follows:
However, coming to a very important concern:
Cyber laws play an important part in protecting our interests.
How do we ensure that as the technology advances, the number of cyber crimes does not increase? But are reduced as much as possible!
- Awareness of the working of technology: A general awareness of how a particular technology or a system works, could help reduce the cyber crimes by a huge amount. Click to Tweet
- Taking the necessary security measures: Many times, it’s the user of a particular technologies’ fault, that he/she doesn’t take the necessary security measure.
- Spreading awareness among your folks: This is a great way of reaching more and more users of technology. Like your relatives, friends, etc. and let them know about the concern, which would spread further through them.
With increasing Digitalization in our country, it becomes necessary that we become aware of the threats it possesses.
Cyber crimes and the laws governing them must be spread to protect the interests of all.
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