"Informing You Without Watching you."  @digitalprivacy, Sun 09/25:
Dealing with digital invasion of privacy

Renu Sud Sinha

“THe Internet has become the central lifeline of our day-to-day life that we can’t leave. Checks and balances Senior Supreme Court advocate Vibha Datta Makhija suggests common toilets to be device-free zones in educational institutions, hostels. Even after all precautions, if any breach happens, report immediately to police. The recent Chandigarh University video leak case has brought into focus the issue of privacy invasion in the digital age. We have begun to take the Internet for granted but forget that it never forgets. In Himachal Pradesh, cyber crime cases have gone up in the past two to three years, particularly during the lockdown, says Narvir Singh Rathaur, Additional SP, cyber crime, Shimla. A high conviction rate would have acted as a deterrent, but it remains quite low. Most of the time there is a delay in providing information to us,” says the HP cyber cop. The key lies in creating awareness and sensitising people about cyber security, says Prajakta Ahvad, a Kharar-based lawyer who also runs an NGO that works with adolescent girls. “ Law definitely provides a remedy but prevention is more important and that can come only through education,” says Makhija. It also holds awareness workshops in colleges across the city. Most women are afraid to report cyber crimes because of the fear of harassment and insensitive repeated questioning. This is one of the major reasons behind under-reporting of such cases,” he adds. That is the reason identity must be protected so as to strengthen the reporting process,” says Makhija.

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