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IT Act must change with time: Judge

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 20:04 IST
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The Information Technology Act should consider futuristic trends of cyber crimes and evolve according to the changing pattern of crimes, former Supreme Court judge S Mohan said on Thursday.

Speaking at a short course on preventing and detecting cyber crimes in banks organised by the Institute of Criminological Research, Education and Services, he said the act failed to address the seriousness of cyber crimes.

"Over 37 different forms of cyber crimes have been identified and there is a need to comprehend possible situations. The proposed amendment to the act should be done in consultation with experts rather than just based on instructions of the judiciary," Mohan said.

Space crimes, privacy intrusion or tapping, electronic wooing and electronic pregnancy are some futuristic cyber crimes, he said.

Ninety per cent of cyber crimes are committed by insiders and the largest challenge before bankers is tackling forgery and theft of credit cards, he said.

Indian Overseas Bank's Chief Vigilance Officer C Badri said it was unfortunate that even after three years of implementing the IT Act of 2000, policemen still depended on experts to assist them in the investigation of cyber crimes.

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