The problem is not unique to India alone but is a universal problem. Whether it is the "anonymity controversy" regarding Google or recent controversy regarding "censorship" by China or the blocking of the website of zone-h.org in India or any other similar incidence, governments all over the world are unable to cope up with the present information and communication technology (ICT) systems.
As a result they are superimposing the traditional concepts toto cyberspace resulting in absurd results, says Praveen Dalal, leading techno-legal expert of India.
In the Indian context one such initiative has already been undertaken by Perry4Law. The initiative intends to provide a techno-legal framework to the stakeholders and governments. In the Indian context, it would cover those areas that have a tendency to violate human rights in real life as well as cyberspace. Some of the areas include Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) Project (CCTNS Project), National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) of India, E-Surveillance under the Information Technology Act 2000 (IT Act 2000) and other laws, etc.
The "suggestions" of Praveen Dalal regarding privacy protection and prevention of potential misuse of information for political ends gathered through NATGRID have already been accepted by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) of India. In the end, the CCS withheld its nod and asked the Home Ministry to come back after further consultation with all stakeholders.
Let us hope that the proposed initiative on protection of civil liberties in cyberspace would prove useful to all concerned.