SIM Card Swapping Fraud

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SIM Card Swapping Fraud

Being a student who is currently pursuing an integrated degree in computer science and cyber law, I was very curious when I read an article in a Marathi newspaper in the last week of May. This article was printed on the first page itself, and it was in the form of an advisory issued by Pune Cyber Police who had … Read More

Overview of DIFC Data Protection Law 2020

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DIFC Data Protection Law 2020

On May 21, 2020, the Ruler of Dubai Emirate, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE, enacted the Dubai International Financial Centre Data Protection Law (DIFC Law No. 5 of 2020). This law repeals and replaces the previously existing Data Protection Law (DIFC Law No. 1 of 2007). The press release … Read More

Is the circulation of e-papers on Telegram legal?

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Is the circulation of e-papers on Telegram legal?

COVID-19 restrictions have severely affected the distribution of print media. As a result, e-paper subscriptions have witnessed a rampant growth as traditional news houses are switching to digital papers (or e-papers) for their print daily. Simultaneously, digital copies of newspapers are increasingly being shared across social media platforms and instant messaging applications like Telegram and WhatsApp. On May 29, 2020, … Read More

Recording calls: An admonitory feature

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Call recording_ An admonitory feature

We are all familiar with the call recording feature on our smartphones. It is a very convenient way to maintain a record of any or all the conversations and the information shared therein. We live in an era where data is one of the most valuable assets. There is a myriad of ways using which an individual’s data may be … Read More

Regulating the Dark Web: Challenges & Opportunities

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Regulating the Dark Web: Challenges & Opportunities

Cyble, a cyber intelligence firm, recently reported that more than 1 lakh copies of Indian national ID cards such as PAN, Aadhaar, and Passport are available for sale on the dark web. Before this, the same company found a seller claiming to share data of 4.75 crore Indian Truecaller users for a total of $1000. While the selling of personal … Read More

Scrapping of Section 66A: Granting a right and preventing its misuse

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Scrapping of Section 66A_ Granting a right and preventing its misuse

The Supreme Court’s judgement in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India is considered as a landmark judgement that upheld the right to free speech and struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Was this really a victory for free speech? Taking a closer look at the existing cyber laws in India, one might feel that the honourable court neglected the … Read More

COVID-19 and Cyber Crimes Against Women

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COVID-19 and Cyber Crimes Against Women

The traditional Indian society had treated women with great respect, Vedas puffed up her as a mother, creator, and addressed her as Devi or Goddess. Occupying a vital role, any mistreatment or subjugation to her dignity was seen as derogatory, not only for her but for the whole society. But a few millenniums later, the same does not appear to … Read More

Do grandparents require parental consent to post photos of their minor grandchildren online?

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Grandparents require parental consent

Consent plays a key component of any data protection and privacy legislation. It has been very well defined in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Before we discuss further, it is important to note that GDPR is considered as one of the most stringent data protection laws across the globe. How is consent defined? Consent of a data … Read More

No! Indians are not watching “disturbing amount” of CSAM during lockdown

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No! Indians are not watching "disturbing amount" of CSAM during lockdown.

Several reputed media houses including Vice, Times of India, The Week, Hindustan Times etc. reported about an alleged 95% or 200% increase in the demand for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) during the COVID lockdown in India. While I have written several accounts of investigations into the proliferation of child sexual abuse material on platforms in India, such findings are … Read More

Filing a Complaint on National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal

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Filing a Complaint on National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has set up a dedicated platform for reporting cyber crimes from anywhere across the country. Though it caters to all types of cyber crimes, it puts special emphasis on cyber crimes against women and children. Once a complaint is filed on this portal, it is forward to the relevant law enforcement agency. In line … Read More