"This website is the Wikipedia of Indian Cyber Laws".. A Visitor's remark



Status of Internet Broadband in India

Dec 28: The National Broadband Plan recommended by TRAI has many interesting statistics regarding the growth of Internet activity in India and its impact on the economy. According to the report the Government has acknowledged a shortfall in realization of its broadband goals in 2010. As against a targeted 20m users, the achievement has been only 10.3 million users. This amounts to a penetration of 0.8% against a tele density of 60.99. The national broad band plan which includes setting up of a wide optic fiber network envisages provision of 75 million broadband connections by 2012 of which 17 million will be on DSL, 30 million on cable and 28 million on wireless bradband. This is expected to further increase to 160 million by 2014. Next three years is therefore expected to be a golden period for broadband connectivity in India. Copy of Report: Copy of Press Release

IT Refund Fraud.. Department Should Act

Dec 24: For some time it is reported that phishing mails in the name of the IT department are being used for internet frauds. Here is a sample of a mail sent from one of the readers of naavi.org. The hyperlink included points to an image website ovcghana.com.  (Who is information available here) Probably a trojan is embedded in the link which could steal passwords. The mail is an "impersonation" and is an offence under Section 66D of ITA 2008.

It is now the responsibility of IT department to take action against the impersonator by registering a complaint for investigation with the Police. Silence amounts to facilitation of the fraud and possibly lead to vicarious liabilities. An Adjudicator or a Police Authority may also take cognizance of the presence of the mail and start an investigation.

The who is information is protected under the notorious "Privacy Protection Policy" of ICANN wih a service provider called Domains By Proxy Inc. Hence action has to start with a demand for the name and address of the registration from the proxy registrant failing which the proxy registrant should be considered as an accomplice and case should be filed on the company for recovery of compensation to the extent of a couple of million US $.

I hope IT department takes up the complaint in the interest of the general public.

Quickheal Introduces Laptop Theft identification services

Dec 17: Quickheal which is one of the indigenous manufacturers of anti virus software has introduced a free service for tracking laptops through Mac identification. Presently the service is available in select towns and is expected to be extended to other cities soon. More information

Law to enable Electronic Surveillance

Dec 16: India is considering an enactment to make it mandatory for telecom service providers to enable surveillance by the state as a security measure, on the lines of the US law "Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act" (CALEA): Report in ET

It may be recalled that when the licensing terms for "Landing Stations" were first released in India, they contained similar provisions. Naavi.org had also commented on the same throught he article: Landing Station or Police Station?. These views expressed in 2000 before ITA 2000 became effective may require a review in the context of ITA 2000/ITA 2008 as well as the current global threat of terrorism. Probably the Supreme Court views in the Nira Radia case may also throw some light on the judicial acceptance of privacy invasion for security considerations.

Number Portability

Dec14: Mobile number portability all over India is scheduled to be introduced from 20th January 2011. According to PIB press release, the request needs to be completed within 7 days and cost not more than Rs 19. This much awaited facility should bring relief to many mobile subscribers who are stuck with inefficient service providers. There is one rumour that is floating in the market that there is a systematic effort to destabilize BSNL so that its customers can migrate to other service providers and this is behind the recent technical problems that has surfaced in BSNL. Hope the top management of BSNL take steps to dispel these doubts..

Nira Radia Tapes to test Privacy Laws

Dec9: The release of Nira Radia's tapes by the media has opened an important debate on the Privacy laws in the country. Now that Mr Ratan Tata has filed a petition at the Supreme Court, the scope of Article 21 of the Constitution and need for separate legislation for Privacy protection will come for review... Related Article : Also read cis-infis.org

The Wikileaks has also created a stir in global circles by releasing documents which are considered sensitive by different Governments opening up a debate on what is the limit to which privacy invasion can go. (See article)

Naavi.org has also raised issues arising out of Privacy protection of "Who is" services and IP address hiding in e-mails which prevent quick investigations of cyber crimes.

In 2006, the Government of India had introduced a Personal Privacy Protection Bill (Details here) which however did not get passed. Whenever a new legislation on Privacy Protection is considered it is necessary that there are adequate provisions whereby Privacy Protection Right does not become the tool for criminals to hide.

US Considering XML approach to EHR

Dec9: In order to enable better health data exchange between organizations,  National Coordinator for Health IT and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has started the process to develop an XML based universal exchange language. Report

Chinese Cyber Threats Re Visited

Dec 5: The wiki leaks expose has confirmed the role of China as a Cyber War practitioner if ever a confirmation was required. The Chinese hacker group which released the "Blaster" worm in 2003 is believed to have Government links which have shared the source code for Windows OS. Related Article.

The task now is to consider measures of how to respond to the Chinese threats. In the light of Stuxnet type of attacks and Manchurian Chips, the supply of computer/Telecommunication hardware from China is the biggest source of security risk.

IISC led committee for security certification of telecom equipments was set up for this purpose. Hope it would take some measures that would help mitigate this China-hardware risk.



PR Syndicate honours 'Cyber Law Guru of India', Na.Vijayashankar

PR Syndicate, (an organization of Corporate PR Professionals in Chennai,)  celebrated its First Anniversary on 20th January 2007 at Russian Cultural Centre. On the occasion, "Award of Excellence in Public Life"  was presented to 'Cyber Law Guru of India' Na.Vijayashankar...More


  What is Naavi.org?

Naavi.org is India's premier portal on Cyber Law. It is not only an information portal containing information on several aspects concerning Information Technology Law in India but also represents the focal point of several services around Cyber Law carried on by Naavi.

The first such service is the Cyber Law College a virtual Cyber Law education center in India which provides various courses on Cyber Law.

The second key service is the Cyber Evidence Archival center which provides a key service to help administration of   justice in Cyber Crime cases.

The third key service is the domain name look-alikes dispute resolution service which provides a unique solution for websites with similar looking domain names to co exist.

The fourth key service is the online mediation and arbitration service another unique global service.

The fifth key service is the CyLawCom service which represents the Cyber Law Compliance related education, audit and implementation assistance service.

Additionally, Naavi.org is in the process of development of four sub organizations namely the Digital Society Foundation, Naavi.net, International Cyber Law Research Center and Cyber Crime Complaints and Resolution Assistance Center. Digital Society Foundation is a Trust formed with the objective of representing the voice of Netizens in various fora and work like an NGO to protect their interests. Naavi.net is meant to develop a collaborative distributed network of LPO consultants. International Cyber Law Research Center would support research in Cyber Laws and Cyber Crime Complaints and Resolution Assistance Center would try to provide some support to victims of Cyber Crimes.

Together, Naavi.org represents a "Cyber Law Vision" that goes beyond being a mere portal. Started in 1997, when the concept of Cyber Law was new across the globe, consistent efforts over the last decade has brought Naavi.org to the beginning of "Phase 2" in which the services are ready to reach out to a larger section. This is recognized as the phase of collaborations and growth by association. Naavi.org will therefore be entering into a series of associations to develop each dimension of its vision with an appropriate partner. Individuals, Organizations and Commercial houses which have synergistic relationship with the activities of Naavi.org are welcome to join hands in commercial and non commercial projects of Naavi.org.


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