Home Ministry pitches for Budapest Convention on cyber security

Composed by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi |

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Making a strong pitch to sign up the Budapest Convention ” the Ministry of Home Affairs underscores the need to test cyber radicalisation crime and enhance information security.

Officials said India was reconsidering its stance on becoming a member of the Budapest Convention after a push for India, notably because of the surge in cyber crime.

The move, however, is being compared with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) on the premise that sharing data with overseas law enforcement bureaus infringes on national sovereignty and might jeopardise the rights of people.

It is learnt that the proposal to sign the convention was made during a review meeting by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday.

Even the Budapest Convention provides for the criminalisation of conduct, which range from illegal access, systems and data hindrance to computer-related fraud and child pornography, procedural law tools to make analysis of cybercrime and procuring of e-evidence in regard to any crime more effective, and worldwide police and judicial cooperation on cybercrime and e-evidence.

The Convention includes 56 members, including the US and the UK.

Home Ministry officials told The Indian Express that a decision on signing the Convention will be taken after other stakeholders, like the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

In the review meeting, Singh expressed concern over the rising incidents of sharing pornography over the net and directed officials towards forming an effective mechanism to rigorously monitor cyberspace and prevent websites flouting Indian law, especially on child pornography, an official announcement said.

Singh also specify a deadline of February this year to operationalise the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C).

The Home Minister had announced the setting up of I4C in 2016 to successfully take care of all kinds of cyber crime at the national level.

“I4C will be put up under the newly constructed Cyber and Information Security (CIS) division of the MHA. CIS may have four limbs, namely safety clearance, cybercrime prevention, cyber security and information security,” the announcement added.

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