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Modern Policing: CCTNS project to boost internal security, says Kiren Rijuju



By Newsgram Staff Writer

The ongoing Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project when completed will mark a revolutionary change to manage and monitor the Internal Security situation in the country, MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.

He said the CCTNS project was conceived by as part of Police Modernization programme under the National e-Governance project. The CCTNS software application is being developed in consultation with various stakeholders particularly the States and UTs which can also make need-based alterations according to local requirements.

About 58 per cent of Police Stations across the country are presently generating FIR through the CCTNS system. As on February 20, 2015, 88 per cent of total sites are ready for CCTNS implementation, 59 per cent of the ten years’ legacy data has been digitized and 76 per cent of the total sites have been provided network  connectivity.

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New Australia Bill Gives Police Power to Spy on WhatsApp Messages

The spying powers are limited to only "serious offences" such as preventing terrorism and tackling organised crime in Australia, reported

WhatsApp's moderators should have been able to find these groups and put a stop to them

Australia is mulling a strict law that gives enforcement agencies power to track messages on platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram that offer end-to-end encryption and also to force users to open their smartphones when demanded, a media report said.

The controversial encryption bill comes at a time amid allegations of encrypted platforms facilitating spread of rumours, hate speech and even criminal activities like child trafficking and drugs businesses.

In countries like India messages circulated in WhatsApp have been linked to several lynching cases, forcing the government to ask platform to take suitable preventive action.

But the new Australia bill also raises privacy concerns as under the proposed legislation, the Australian government agencies could compel companies to build spyware.

The proposed laws could force companies to remove electronic protections, assist government agencies in accessing material from a suspect’s device, and in getting technical information such as design specifications to help in an investigation, reported on Wednesday.

WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Critics have slammed the bill for being broad in scope, vague and potentially damaging to the security of the global digital economy, the report said, adding that a Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has been scrutinising the bill.

The laws will help security agencies nab terrorists, child sex offenders and other serious criminals, Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter was quoted as saying.

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About 95 per cent of people currently being surveilled by security agencies are using encrypted messages, he added.

The spying powers are limited to only “serious offences” such as preventing terrorism and tackling organised crime in Australia, reported. (IANS)