Taking Steps to Fight Cybercrime, Says Government

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Taking Steps to Fight Cybercrime, Says Government

The Centre on Tuesday admitted that rate of conviction of those accused of committing a cybercrime is low, but said it is taking steps to fight the threat posed by such offences to national security.

"We cannot make a claim that the system what we have now to check cybercrime is foolproof. We are working in this direction," Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha during question hour.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the threat from cyber crime is a "reality" that needs to be tackled by sensitising the police and taking other steps.

To a supplementary question from Trinamool Congress (TMC) floor leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Rijiju said: "It is true that the rate of conviction of those arrested in connection with cybercrime is low."

But, he said, the government is taking "massive steps" to embolden the strategies for actions against cybercrime.

The entire canvas of cybercrime is "complicated" and at times even cases are not reported, Rijiju said.

Bandyopadhyay said the rate of conviction of those charged with committing a cybercrime is very low. In 2013 and 2014 the conviction rate was very low; in 2015, out of 844 people arrested only 224 persons have been convicted, he said.

"What major steps is the government taking on this," the TMC leader wanted to know.

Rajnath Singh said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had set up an expert group to deal with a cybercrime within 6-7 months of coming to power.

"The report is now available with us. Now we are working in that direction to fight the cybercrime menace," Rajnath Singh said.

The steps being taken include improved training of cyber professionals and adequate research on technology front, Rajnath Singh said.

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