File photo of Sanjay Pandey
MUMBAI: Writing on a whiteboard and throwing questions at his audience, police commissioner Sanjay Pandey turned into a trainer as he spoke on cybersecurity at a special session held at the Indian Merchant’s Chamber on Monday.
The police chief advocated using a secure internet protocol, an antivirus, a firewall and virtual private network as sure ways for carrying out secure transactions online. He also cautioned the audience against clicking on malicious links in emails or texts and accepting cookies while using any website.
“We do not have a dedicated law on cybercrimes. The Information Technology Act, 2000, does not have enough provisions to deal with cybercrimes,” said Pandey, adding that the US and UK have had specific laws since the nineties. He added that the IT Act gives powers to officers of the rank of inspector to investigate cases which is restrictive. “We have just about 800 inspectors in Mumbai. Investigative powers should be given to junior ranking personnel including sub-inspectors and head constables,” he said.
Pandey added that India needed separate laws on privacy and data protection.
Meanwhile, with the success of the Mumbai Police’s ‘Sunday Streets’, the department is looking at the feasibility of making a complete lane available from Versova/ Bandra to Colaba for cycling, walking, music and fun. Pandey shared, over social media, that the police have asked builders and real estate associations to voluntarily have ‘Silent Sundays’ (noise-free Sundays) for the community.
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