Monday, 25 November 2013

Intelligence Bureau Chief wants Twitter, Facebook brought under Indian laws

A recommendation was made to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday that foreign content providers, such as Facebook and Twitter, be brought under Indian laws.
This was conveyed by Intelligence Bureau Director Asif Ibrahim in his address to welcome the prime minister on the concluding day of the annual conference of directors general and inspectors general of police.

Outlining the deliberations for the past two days, Ibrahim said there was a special discussion on vulnerabilities and steps needed to be taken in order to overcome the challenges in cyber space. These include constant upgrade of technology through in-house efforts.     
He said the recent communal incidents had brought out that the social media platform was being used for instigation of crowd and “it was observed that while security agencies in India were handicapped with technical and procedural constraints, foreign law enforcement agencies had unfettered access to the social media”.
“The legal framework in India in this context is still evolving. It was recommended that foreign content providers be brought within the ambit of Indian laws, supplemented with creation of our own cyber space,” he said.
The Intelligence Bureau chief said the prime minister the decision to introduce non-lethal weapons for police while dealing with public agitation had yielded rich dividends.


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