Karnataka to promote data privacy, approves cybersecurity policy

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The main intention of this policy is to reduce the cyber crime rate in the state, which is increasing, and create awareness among people about cyber security and data privacy

The Karnataka Cabinet, aimed at curbing cybercrimes in the state and promoting data privacy, approved the cyber security policy on Thursday.

“The cabinet has approved the Karnataka Cyber Security Policy 2023-24. The main intention of this policy is to reduce the cyber crime rate in the state, which is increasing, and create awareness among people about cyber security and data privacy,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister H. K. Patil said.

Under this policy, the state government, local bodies, and panchayats have to implement the awareness programmes from time to time and evaluate them, he said while briefing reporters about cabinet decisions.

Adding that the policy in the days to come will help in the prevention and detection of cyber crimes and to streamline the measures that need to be taken, he said, “Also to have surveys regarding cyber security and data privacy. New software of the state government, online banking, and technical education and training programmes in this regard will come under its ambit.”

When asked whether licencing for digital platforms comes under the policy, the Minister replied that it will not, as it largely deals with cyber protection.

Responding to a question, he said, “It may also deal with fake news, though there is no specific mention in this regard.”

On the Centre of Excellence, the Minister said: “It will be a software-based learning lab system; it will be like a 3D digital lab and experience centre on Aerospace and defence.” It was approved in 2017, the project started in 2020, and total operations are being started now.

Noting that the centre of excellence is under a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model with Dassault Systemes contributing Rs 250 crore, he said the other stakeholders are the Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science and Technology through the Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS) and VTU.

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