It is reported that  speaking on an International Conference on Cyber Crimes organized by ASSOCHAM in Delhi, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Sriprakash Jaiswal, announced that the  parliamentary standing committee has informed the Home Affairs Ministry that it had cleared the new cyber crime Bill. (This presumably Refers to the ITA 2000 amendment Bill 2006) .

He further disclosed that a committee would be set up under private public partnership (PPP) model in which officials from law enforcing agencies and professionals from IT industry would be drawn in it to visualise threats from cyber crimes and suggest necessary remedies for their solution to the government.

The effort is welcome. However the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When an expert committee was formed in 2005 for recommending amendments to ITA 2000, the GOI formed a committee which had a skewed representation. This resulted in the amendments falling completely short of expectation of the community. Hopefully, the now proposed committee which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs would be constituted more professionally.

.Naavi

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