Thursday, March 3, 2011

58 - Strange Things Happen In India - Source Tech Talk

Strange Things Happen In India
Indian ministers are saying something and doing altogether different things regarding cyber law, cyber security, privacy, etc.

India is an interesting place to live in. It has rich culture and nice people. But when it comes to its politicians one has no choice but to bang his head against the wall. No where in the world can we have greater double standards then the one adopted by Indian politicians. Take few examples in this regard.
Minister A. Raja has shown his willingness to amend the sole cyber law of India to make it strong. Surprisingly, the information technology act 2000 (IT Act 2000) was made impotent and cyber criminal friendly during his tenure only. He did nothing to stop the information technology amendment act 2008 (IT Act 2008) that not only made India a safe heaven for cyber criminals but also made Indian an official e-police state.
Minister P. Chidambaram has recently assured that they believe in protection of privacy of Indians at all costs. Somebody must remind him of the recent episode where the Natgrid was stalled due to lack of safeguards to protect privacy of India. On top of it is the recent telephone tapping episode that is neither the first one nor the last one.
Minister Sachin Pilot has recently assured that security agencies are looking into the matter of recent hacking reports of Indian computer systems by China. The fact remains that cyber security in India is an ignored world. The only cyber security centre that India has is managed by a private techno-legal firm Perry4Law.
Finally, the aadhar project of India has been portrayed as a great service to poor and Indian masses. However, the fallacies and shortcomings of aadhar project of India is nothing short of unconstitutionality and illegality. Thanks to the Aadhar Project Watch Initiative, the UIDAI has at least a chance to rectify the blunders it is committing.
The list is simply illustrative and it can go on and on. All I can say is that strange things do happen in India and public never take notice of the same.