Mr R Srikumar, the former DGP of Karnataka, who also heads the CII Southern Region Committee on Cyber Security made reference to the need for IT Users to take suitable steps to protect themselves from Cyber Crimes.Speaking at the CII Conference on Cyber Security- “Emerging Cyber Threats and Challenges”, (Chennai, 24th April 2010)  he pointed out that a time has come for Indian IT users to remember Article 51A of the Indian Constitution which prescribes certain fundamental duties to the citizens and such dutites should be considered as extended to the requirements of taking appropriate protective measures.

For the immediate reference of readers we reproduce the article 51A which states as under:

Article 51A  Fundamental duties

It shall be the duty of every citizen of India –

(a) to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem;

(b) to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom;

(c) to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India;

(d) to defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so;

(e) to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women;

(f) to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;

(g) to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures;

(h) to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;

(i) to safeguard public property and to abjure violence;

(j) to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that the nation constantly rises to higher levels of endeavour and achievement.

Special attention is drawn to the sub clause (j) which expects every citizen to strive towards excellence in all sphears.

This also applies to the need to get educated on Information security requirements before the Citizen starts using IT for his personal and community use.

This is a very interesting observation coming from an experienced Police officer that “Due Diligence” is part of the fundamental duties.These fundamental duties also apply to organizations particularly  when they would like to use the IT for commercial benefits. This is the much talked about due diligence requirements refered to under Section 79 and Sec 85 of ITA 2008.

Detailed information on the conference is available at: Naavi.org

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