India Ramps Up Efforts to Fight Cyber Crime

The government of Tripura, a state in northeast India, today issued guidelines that propose strict action (including a 10-year jail term) for anyone committing a cyber crime, according to Indo-Asian News Service.

“If anybody is found guilty of indulging in cyber crime, he can be prosecuted with a maximum of 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs.200,000 [approx. $4,400],” police spokesman Nepal Das told reporters.

He said the government has provided rules for private cyber cafes and Internet dhabas.

“If the cyber cafe and Internet dhaba owners violate these guidelines, stringent actions will be taken against them,” Das said.

The guidelines state that proper records with detailed information of users will be maintained by cyber cafe and Internet dhaba owners. In addition, children younger than 18 can visit these locales with their guardians.

Das said surprise raids will be conducted on cyber cafes and Internet dhabas to ensure adherence to the Information Technology Act 2000.

The government has also designated certain law-enforcement officials whom the public can notify about any incidents of cyber crime.

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