Experts demand Information Technology Act change

Dec 12 2012, 02:02 IST
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SummaryAt a two-day seminar organised by Data Security Council of India, they demanded tightening of the Act.

Cyber security experts called Monday for a change in Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, to prevent a repeat of arrest of two women in Palghar over a Facebook post questioning a shutdown following the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

At a two-day seminar organised by Data Security Council of India (DSCI), they demanded tightening of the Act.

The seminar focuses on preventing data theft and cyber attacks and securing critical infrastructure installations in the country.

“Section 66 (A) of IT Act needs to be defined clearly. Its terms are too broad. The Act inspired by the English constitution needs to be modified keeping in mind our culture and needs,” said Kamlesh Bajaj, DSCI CEO.

Private consultant Vikram Asnani said the IPC sections applied in the Palghar case, not IT Act, should be the focus.

“Section 66 (A) of IT Act is bailable. As such, police also applied a non-bailable IPC section to strengthen case and get conviction,” he said.

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