Sunday, June 26, 2011

Human Rights Protection In Indian Cyberspace

A few years back talking of human rights in cyberspace was seen with skepticism. Now people around the world are more concerned and aware of their human rights in cyberspace.

Surprisingly, United Nations has still not considered human rights issues of cyberspace though it has recently announced that access to Internet is a human right. United Nations must seriously consider protection of human rights in cyberspace as soon as possible as nations across the world are becoming more and more oppressive and endemic e-surveillance oriented.

While United Nations has declared that access to Internet is Human Rights yet Indian government is well committed to deny not only this human rights but also all other possible human rights in cyberspace.

For instance, projects like national intelligence grid (Natgrid), central monitoring system project of India (CMS), centre for communication security research and monitoring (CCSRM), Aadhar project of India, crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS), national counter terrorism centre (NCTC), etc have no “procedural safeguards” and they are violating human rights and fundamental rights in their “present form”.

These projects have been launched without any legal framework and parliamentary oversight. Further, even the most “basic laws” like data protection Laws, data security laws, privacy laws, etc are missing in India.

United Nations must urgently step in to formulate an international treaty on protection of human rights in cyberspace. If UN maintains its indifferent attitude, draconian laws like the cyber law of India keep on surfacing.

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