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Govt cyber security promise

New Delhi, Feb. 27: The government today promised in the Lok Sabha a comprehensive cyber security policy after agitated MPs demanded explanations for failure to effectively deal with rising cases of online crime.

“We are working on a cyber security policy. We need more work to curb cyber crimes as it is a new medium and we need to understand and take preventive measures. But we will soon come up with a comprehensive cyber security policy,” communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal said when the issue came up during question hour.

The MPs were upset after Sibal tried to express helplessness by saying most of the online companies were based outside India and that there was no international agreement to hold them responsible.

“There are intermediaries who are running these systems and are far away from the law. When we seek to get information from these intermediaries, they do not give that information. Since they are not registered here, we cannot act against them,” Sibal said, citing Google and Facebook as examples.