Cyber Security: No Knee-jerk Decisions!

Govt has withdrawn its proposed encryption policy in wake of the public backlash. It is a tough job for the government to secure its citizens from ever growing cyber crimes while ensuring no undue curbs are placed on their Internet freedom. Drawing the balance calls for a healthy and transparent consultative process among various stakeholders. Thanks to the Internet young India wants a social media life of its own that is free from either internal (family) or external (government) interference.  The draft spectrum policy set out to audit use of Whatsapp service by users. The 90-day storage instruction is a technology nightmare for estimated 70 million Whatsapp users in India. The government of the day would do better to engage rather than dictate if it is honest about its cyber security agenda. Knee jerk reactions either way do not show maturity.



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