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‘Amendments to check cyber crime’

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Centre framing rules for amendments to IT Act: Union Minister for Information Technology

— PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

Guest of honour: A. Raja, Union Minister for IT and Communications at the 2009 ITU Regional Cyber Security Forum for Asia Pacific in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja has said that the Central Government was in the process of framing rules for amendments to the Information Technology Act by Parliament last year.

The amendments were made to ensure that bonafide usages in IT remained unfettered while the cyber crooks were brought to book and meted out exemplary punishments, he said here on Wednesday while inaugurating the regional cyber security forum for Asia-Pacific sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The event is supported by the Indian and Australian Governments. The three day forum at the Hi-Tech City is being attended by delegates from 28 countries of the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Raja said India had enacted IT Act in 2000 considering the widespread usage of Information and Communications Technology and keeping in view national security.

The Parliament amended the Act last year factoring the technological advances since then and evolution of new age organised crime on the Internet. The objective was to provide higher level of assurances and instil trust among users not only within India but outside and impart higher level of punishment to miscreants.

Chairman Telecom Commission and Secretary, Department of Telecom, Siddhartha Behura said technologies like Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) increased the challenges of security agencies as the flow of communications traffic changed dynamically through various virtual paths. He wanted telecom and ICT industry to work with Government to develop tools for protection of cyber infrastructure from criminal invasion.

Director ITU (Telecom Development) Sami Al-Basheer Al Morshid said the union’s world telecommunication development conference would be held in Hyderabad in May next year. Member (Technology) Telecom Commission V.K. Shukla also spoke.

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