Forensic labs in all states and UT for Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Child

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The Union Home Ministry is set to issue guidelines for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and set up an online portal by next month for centralised reporting of complaints against child pornography and rape videos.

Why these guidelines were issued?

The apex court’s order came on a plea by NGO Prajwala highlighting the availability of child porn and rape videos online and seeking preventive measures.

Actions taken against it

A list of 500 keywords used in searching for such videos has also been compiled and will be shared with the ISPs, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, WhatsApp and Microsoft

The Home Ministry has also sanctioned Rs 80 crore for setting up forensic labs in all states and Union Territories for Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Child (CCPWC).

The states urged the Centre to bring amendments to the Information Technology Act, 2000 and authorise a sub-inspector (SI)-level officer to investigate such cases. At present, only an inspector-level officer can investigate IT-related offences.

Suggestions by expert committee

  • It suggested that the government must ensure that Search Engines other than those already implementing URL blocks for identified child porn/rape and gang rape content initiate similar processes
  • Internet companies should consider providing support to Indian NGOs to help bring awareness
  • WhatsApp should make further improvement in their reporting process
  • This would enable easier reporting of contents in the app while maintaining the integrity of the contents and metadata available on phone at the time of reporting
  • Content hosting platforms, social media platforms, and search engines should provide links for reporting child porn and rape imagery as a specific category, which must be more prominently displayed on their pages

 

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