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22nd annual conference of CBI will deliberate on legislative and regulatory gaps that have led to widespread growth of ponzi schemes across the country

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New Delhi, November 18, 2016: The CBI is all set to forward a proposal to the government for establishing a National Anti-Corruption Citizen Support Centre which aims to provide single point-of-contact to people across India, CBI Director Anil Sinha said on Thursday.

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“Our first working session is devoted to deliberations on establishing the support centre to provide 24×7 single point-of-contact for citizens. Hopefully, the discussions will be fruitful and we can go to the government very shortly with a concrete proposal for this centre,” Sinha said at the inauguration of the 22nd annual conference of CBI, heads of state Anti-Corruption Bureaux and Economic Offences Wings.

He said the conference will also deliberate on legislative and regulatory gaps that have led to widespread growth of ponzi schemes across the country, in which crores of innocent citizens have been cheated.

Sinha said the CBI had been actively engaged with the government in bringing a new legislation to ban these illegal deposit taking activities as “weaknesses in existing laws and regulations” have been identified.

“The discussions with all states would go a long way in giving strength to the new legislation which may be introduced in Parliament shortly,” Sinha said.

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The CBI chief stressed the need for information sharing and coordination among law enforcement agencies at the Centre and states to fight corruption.

“One session in the conference will study increase in cooperation among state and central agencies by building protocols that take note of concerns of each body… there are gains for all stakeholders in the exercise,” he said.

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Sinha announced that the central agency had completed the groundwork for setting up three world-class institutions — International Centre for Excellence in Investigation, International Centre for Excellence in Forensic Science and a Centralised Technology Vertical — to enhance CBI’s investigative capacity in the field of human resource, forensics and technology. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?