CYBER AWARENESS ORGANISATION (CAO) is well respected organisation in domain of Cyber Litigation advice as well Cyber awareness training programs. Through various activities obstinately, like CYBER SECURITY SUMMITS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, WRITE UPS AND MEDIA RELEASES CAO has established itself as one of the leading CYBER LEGAL CONSULTATION organisation in India.
With the rapid growth in Cyber Crimes and excellent work carried out by LEA’s recently there is rise in civil/criminal litigation involving Information Technology Act. Unfortunately many lawyers are reluctant to handle such litigations since it requires understanding of TECHNO/LEGAL dimensions of Cyber Crimes and hence can not provide services to their clients. Keeping this drawback in mind and many complaints CAO has received through its CYBER CRIME HELPLINE across India, CAO has come with “CAO ASSOCIATES” concept. By becoming Associate of CAO you can become part of Social Service as well.
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Can some good sense prevail ????
Written by Advocate Mahendra Limaye
Monday, 31 March 2014 05:56
If recent news reports are to be believed, “Technology companies like Google Inc. and social networking websites like Twitter Inc.,Facebook,Whatsapp and many others, which get a majority of their revenue from online advertising, expect their India revenue to rise substantially this year with political parties spending more money on digital media than in the previous general election”. India’s poll campaign spend, has been estimated at Rs 30,000 crore ($4.9 billion) by the Centre for Media Studies, which tracks spending.
According to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and market research firm IMRB, political parties set aside around 2-5% of their election budgets for spending on social media. Recent media reports have put the media spending by the Congress and the BJP during elections at about Rs.500 crore and Rs.400 crore, respectively.
Facebook has launched a 'Register to Vote' initiative, while Twitter is offering a service where users can follow someone through a missed call or text message, the ASSOCHAM paper added. Now these “Register to Vote” or “Follow through missed call or Text message” will certainly enhance existing database of these social media sites and will be added feature for them in marketing further services.
The below mentioned explanation will prove the point I want to make. “These days many candidates go for paid campaigning through the social media. Those who focus on Facebook spend about Rs 4-5 to create a single fan. If there is a page with one lakh fans, you can imagine the total expenditure and amount generated by Social Media websites.
Apart from Facebook, candidates are also adopting digital strategies like delivery of recorded messages on mobile phones. An amount of Rs 10 per call is being spent on voice/data message. The campaigning through SMS mode has taken a back seat after TRAI issued strict guidelines on unwanted messages, sources said.
Applications like Whatsapp are widely used to reach to young voters by some candidates. Video sharing is another prominent strategy.
American multinational Google Inc recently submitted to Delhi High Court that it is not liable to pay any taxes in India for its internet activities, as it is not providing any taxable services or earning income from here nor does it have a permanent establishment in the country. Google Inc. has further contended in its affidavit that it "is not providing any taxable services in India, neither has a permanent establishment in India nor is it earning any income which is arising from or accruing in or deemed to be arising or accruing from India."Furthermore, Google Inc is not receiving any payment in the nature of 'royalty' which may be taxable either under the relevant Indian laws or under the Double taxation Avoidance Agreement between India and USA."
Same is case with all other social media service providers and hence very fundamental question comes in mind that Indian Elections are making these social media companies richer for which they are not paying any taxes in India. In other words estimated 2% of 30000 crore @600 crore will be paid to foreign based social media companies.
What a shame as on one hand election issues such as bringing Black money parked outside India back is bitterly fought all the national parties are officially transferring white money outside India.
Can some good sense prevail and all the political parties will refrain themselves from falling in this trap of money drain??????
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
Written by Advocate Mahendra Limaye
Sunday, 12 January 2014 09:04
Hi, BELATED HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!!
Let me take this opportunity to sensitize about the current scenario of CYBER SECURITY AND ROLE WE CAN PLAY IN IT.
All of you are aware that CYBER SECURITY in India is most neglected and very less spoken about issue. Everyone is compelled to use technology be it a banking domain or government facilities or educational sector or medical services or even crimes. Technology has engulfed every walk of life.
Most of us are forced to use technology without proper training or guidance and hence we are bound to make mistakes or fall in traps laid by CYBER CRIMINALS.
There are no efforts to educate or aware the innocent netizens from protecting from these traps and thereby keep this technological super highway free from accidents. Also growing menace of many applications and social networks is leading to compromising our sensitive personal information.
This is ultimately leading to major CYBER SECURITY THREAT to INDIA as a whole.
Hence I appeal every techno/legal personnel to offer/suggest some solutions to collectively fight this INFORMATION SECURITY THREAT LOOMING LARGE OVER INDIA,
We as a team of CYBER AWARENESS ORGANISATION are concerned about this issue and hence seek your opinions/suggestions/guidance/comments on this very sensitive issue concerning us all!!!!!
We request you to be more vocal and vigilant in your respective domains about CYBER SECURITY and collectively build/promote this CYBER SECURED INDIA campaign.
AWAITING YOUR SUGGESTIONS/RESPONSES,
THANKS AND REGARDS
ADVOCATE MAHENDRA LIMAYE
CYBER LEGAL CONSULTANT
CYBER CRIME HELPLINE
Inclusion of Cyber Security in Election Manifesto of all political parties
Written by Advocate Mahendra Limaye
Sunday, 16 March 2014 04:24
Greetings of the day!!!!!!
As all of us are aware that we are migrating from physical to digital world in a hurried manner and in this transition phase there are numerous threats, vulnerabilities which are compromising cyber netizens security and making them easy prey. The amount lost in recent Cyber Crimes is unbelievable and can’t be exactly ascertained since only 10% cyber crimes are being reported to proper authorities.
In upcoming festival of democracy, all the political parties will try and lure voters and more specially the first time voters which are mostly techno savvy youths. The purpose of this appeal to all political parties is to promise a secure and resilient cyberspace for citizens, businesses and the government in future. They are also expected to incorporate CYBER SECURITY ASSURANCE in their agenda based on following guidelines.
The Cyber Security assurance must aim at protection of information infrastructure in cyberspace, reduce vulnerabilities, build capabilities to prevent and respond to cyber threats and minimize damage from cyber incidents through a combination of institutional structures, user education and awareness, process and technology enhancement and coordination among all the stake holders. There must be emphasis on training of Law enforcement agencies regarding understanding importance of issues like Cyber Security as a National Priority, Cyber Crime and Cyber Crime investigation.
It all will begin when our Politicians will understand the concept of CYBER SECURITY which can be described as “Cyber security” refers to the protection of everything that is potentially exposed to the Internet: our computers, smart phones and other devices; our personal information; our privacy; and our future generation.
Hence CYBER AWARENESS ORGANISATION wishes all parties to include CYBER SECURITY as a part of their agenda.
The recent Snooping Scandal alleged in regime of Shri Narendra Modi has woken up entire media,ruling party and opposition on the ISSUE OF PRIVACY RIGHTS OF INDIAN CITIZEN AND DUTY OF THE STATE.The snooping incident is summarized as below.
Chief Minister of Gujarat was orally requested by an elderly person to have surveillance on his major daughter .The CM provided with the necessary arrangements (whether through written orders or oral communications is not established yet.) in response to the request.This incident dates back to 2009,i.e.4 years ago.
Now The ruling party Congress got hold of this information through COBRAPOST sting operation and CONGRESS is very furious about INVASION OF RIGHT TO PRIVACY OF INDIAN CITIZEN.They contain that Gujarat CM has has invaded PRIVACY OF INDIAN CITIZEN BY ORDERING TAPPING OF HER COMMUNICATIONS WITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT.
Portals Cobrapost and Gulail released a report and made public tapes in which Shah, a close aide of Modi, is purportedly heard directing the state police to monitor the movements of a young woman and a senior IAS officer. The websites alleged three key wings of the Gujarat police were involved in this snooping effort.
“Can he violate the law by snooping upon every conversation of the girl? Can the chief minister be allowed to use the entire state resources to snoop and invade the privacy of one young woman even if her father made that request? “Under what provision of the law was the Indian Telegraph Act violated? Who should be punished for these violations?” ARE THE QUESTIONS RAISED BY RULING CONGRESS PARTY.
Now compare this activity with PROJECT PRISM.
We know that through PROJECT PRISM National Security Agency of USA uses to gain access to the private communications of users of nine popular Internet services. The access is governed by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was enacted in 2008. A classified PowerPoint presentation leaked by Edward Snowden states that PRISM enables "collection directly from the servers" of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook and other online companies.
This means that practically all the conversation,communications, file sharing, photo sharing etc. through ONLINE medium was,is and will be accessed by USA.
The bigger issue here is USA is invading PRIVACY OF NETIZEN of entire Universe and nobody has even raised a voice of concern EITHER FROM CONGRESS OR BJP?
Does this act of USA is not violation of INDIAN CONSTITUTION as per arguments of Congress Leaders? Are FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OR FOR THAT MATTER HUMAN RIGHTS are not violated by USA?
ARE WE AS A NATION CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAME?
It is very sorry state of affairs that NEITHER MEDIA NOR RULING PARTY NOR MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY is VOCAL on this issue and all of them CONCERNED ABOUT PRIVACY INVASION OF AN INDIVIDUAL.
The way news channels are debating this issue and amount of time devoted to this issue as compared to PROJECT PRISM ISSUE, only makes one understand that in this COUNTRY POLITICS IS ALWAYS FIRST,POLITICIANS ARE ALWAYS THE PRIORITY FOR TRP.
National Interest issues are neither PRIORITY of POLITICIANS NOR MEDIA.
I hope that at least this snooping incident will remind the people once again about PROJECT PRISM and make them more vocal.