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Law enforcement in the digital era

Chanakya IAS Academy

One consequence of recent demonetization is a push towards digitization of the economy. The move is aimed at enhancing transparency in the system. But this digital push will create fresh challenges of security of transactions that need to be overcome.

The Immediate challenges:

  • Most prominent among these challenges is ensuring the security of digital transactions. The rise in the number of digital transactions will enhance the risk and vulnerability of these transactions
  • With smartphones being the preferred mode of transactions, hacking, phishing and malware based attacks have become a serious cause of concern
  • This essentially means that we should immediately re-examine our laws, policies, enforcement mechanisms and create an institutional mechanism to prevent data deft and loss of money

The Existing mechanisms and how they will be impacted:

  • Logistic burden on law enforcement agencies like judiciary will be enormous
  • Our existing mechanisms of investigation and prosecution are overstretched to the extent that they are strained to the breaking point
  • The salaries and perks in the public sector are not comparable to the private sector which makes hiring qualified people difficult
  • Issues related to jurisdiction arise as cybercrimes are inherently borderless in nature

Ways to achieve this objective:

  • Creating awareness among people to reduce vulnerabilities that arise due to lack of information
  • To deal with cyber offences we need to upgrade the existing law enforcement capabilities. This can be achieved either through new recruitment or by upgrading technical skills of existing professionals
  • Bring consensus on lateral hiring to attract quality talent
  • Public Private partnership(PPP) provides a promising option to combat cybercrimes. A model were expertise of the private sector and experience of the public sector can be leveraged
  • Partnerships with subject matter experts in the public, private and academic sectors.
  • Data security council of India, a NASSCOM affiliated body has setup cyber labs across cities in India to impart training. The model can be scaled up and taken at pan-India level
  • We need to reshape and relook our existing cybercrime laws to bring them in line with the needs of contemporary period
  • A pan-India cyber enforcement force must be created to overcome issues that arise because of overlapping jurisdictions
  • A one stop solution for digital monetary fraud will help assuage the concerns of cyber fraud victims
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