Hyderabad: The pandemic has resulted in increased use of technology and gadgets. However, this has brought to fore perils like cyber security. There is a need for reforms in the cyber security laws to ensure that quick action is taken in case of cyber frauds, Industries and IT Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said on Tuesday.
Stating that traditional methods of gathering evidence may have to change for cyber crimes, he said punishments should also be stringent. Ranjan was speaking at the Hyderabad chapter of Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), a non-government platform for discussion, exchange, and collaboration on internet governance matters.
Ranjan said many people fell prey to KYC frauds during the pandemic. This created fear and many people are still skeptical about using digital payment channels for financial transactions, he said.
Stressing the role of technology in improving the quality of life, the official said education, healthcare delivery, and skilling have taken the online route due to the pandemic. Though most students adapted to online education, some government schools and students lagged in this as they did not have access to technology resources, Ranjan said.
On the other hand, there were also instances of burnout among some students due to prolonged use of gadgets. The increased use also upped the chances of them getting exposed to content that was not age-appropriate, the official flagged.
The digital divide would widen if urgent measures were not taken including making technology accessible in local languages, he said.
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