National Cybercrime Reporting Portal
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Cybersecurity
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.