Facebook, Twitter to be brought under Indian law

Networking sitesDirector Intelligence Bureau Asif Ibrahim recommended that foreign content providers be brought within the ambit of Indian laws. (Reuters)

A recommendation was made to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday for bringing foreign content-provider like Facebook and Twitter under Indian laws like in other countries.

This was conveyed by Director Intelligence Bureau Asif Ibrahim on the concluding day of the annual conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police in his address to welcome the Prime Minister.

Outling the deliberations for the last two days, Ibrahim said there was a special discussion on vulnerabilities and steps needed to be taken in order to overcome the challenges in cyber space which include constant upgradation of technology through in-house efforts.

He said the recent communal incidents had brought out that social media platform was being used for instigation of crowd and it was observed that while security agencies in India were handicapped with technical and procedural constraints, foreign law enforcement agencies have unfettered access to social media.

"The legal framework in India in this context is still evolving. It was recommended that foreign content providers be brought within the ambit of Indian laws supplemented with creation of our own cyber space", he said.

When contacted, Director General of Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-IN) Gulshan Rai said foreign content providers were social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and this recommendation, if accepted, will make all these websites answerable to Indian law, he said.

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