Sunday, March 28, 2010

RMNLU Centre of Cybercrime Laws and Computer Forensics.

The Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) is going to start a center on cyber crime laws and computer forensics. Modalities to this effect are being worked upon by the university administration.

Vice-chancellor, RMLNLU, Prof Balraj Chauhan, is in touch with the respective experts in the two fields -- information technology and law.

There are whole lot of issues pertaining to cyber crimes and computer forensics need to be addressed. Enactment of communication convergence bill which was otherwise mooted in 2001 happens to be one. Secondly, the issue which also needs to be taken is that of centres of learning on computer forensics.

There is a great need of special training to crack various cyber crimes including phishing, bank related frauds and even pornography. It can be claimed that it is no so that any thing can be deleted from the computer. This is a fact that a computer registers each and every thing which is sent to and from it. Virtually, every lost information can be retrieved, provided that new information does not replace it.

But while technical aspects of the subject are being taken care of by the computer engineers, it's the enforcement of the laws which still remains a challenging task. The proper awareness amongst the people needs to be imparted. At times we come up with situation where in people are not aware of even the basic cyber laws and therefore land in trouble. For example, a terrorist casually walks into a cyber cafe and sends a threatening mail anywhere he likes, even as the cafe owner sits unaware of how the computer next to him was used.The mail is traced back and it's the owner who finally lands in trouble.

This is a great step taken by The Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) under the able leadership of the Vice-chancellor, Prof Balraj Chauhan. This will certainly pave the way for the production of specialists in the field of cyberforensics and Cybercrimes.

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Call for Worldwide Implementation of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime


At its 5th annual conference held in Strasbourg, 25th March 2010 on Cybercrime, the Council of Europe called for a worldwide implementation of its Convention on Cybercrime to sustain legislative reforms already underway in many countries and a global capacity-building initiative to combat web-based crimes and enhance trust in information and communication technologies.

'The UN Crime Congress in April 2010 will be an opportunity to reinforce our global response to the global threat of cybercrime and cyberterrorism. I think we will have the best chance to succeed if we unite around one international instrument which already exists – namely the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention,' said Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, speaking at the opening of the conference.

The conference also highlighted the need to further establish dynamic partnerships between the public and private sectors and their shared responsibility in ensuring security and protecting human rights on the Internet. In this context, the conference proposed the establishment of a contact list for enhanced co-operation between law enforcement and industry.

The Council of Europe will continue to address the issue of 'cloud computing' and intends to ensure that globally trusted privacy and data protection standards and policies are put in place, and that both its Cybercrime Convention and its Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data are applied more widely and efficiently. A human rights and privacy dimension should be brought in the discussions of next year's conference on cybercrime.

Countries worldwide have been turning to the Budapest Convention since its adoption in 2001. During the conference, Portugal announced the ratification of the Convention and Argentina has made a request for accession. Participants called on ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to strengthen its oversight role of the Internet domain name registration process in order to allow both the protection of private data of individual registrants (in particular in the WHOIS database) as well as the opportunity for law enforcement to use the database to fight cybercrime and cyberterrorism. They also  underlined the need to make the best possible use of existing tools, instruments, good practices and initiatives. They recommended that a global action plan be launched by the Council of Europe and the United Nations to get a clearer picture of criminal justice capacities and urgent needs, mobilise resources, provide support and assess progress made.

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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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