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National Cybercrime Reporting Portal

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  • November 3, 2020
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National Cybercrime Reporting Portal

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Cybersecurity

In news

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all States to examine and register FIRs based on the complaints received on National Cybercrime Reporting Portal .

Key takeaways 

  • As per Ministry of Home Affairs, only 2.5% of total complaints registered on the portal are converted into FIRs.
  • Through the portal, the Government seeks to promote Cyber Crime Volunteers for identifying, reporting and removal of illegal/unlawful online content.
  • According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the number of registered cybercrimes increased by 63.5% in the year 2019 compared to 2018.

Important value additions 

National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal

  • It is a citizen-centric initiative enabling citizens to report cybercrimes online.
  • It was launched in 2019. 
  • The portal specifically focuses on crimes against women, children, child pornography, online content pertaining to rapes/gang rapes, etc.
  • It also focuses on crimes like stalking, cyberbullying, etc.
  • It will improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies. 

Budapest Convention

  • The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Cybercrime Convention, also known as the Budapest Convention is the sole legally binding international multilateral treaty on cybercrime. 
  • It coordinates cybercrime investigations between nation-states and criminalizes certain cybercrime conduct.
  • India is not a party to it.

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