Hyderabad: There are many concerns over the security of the personal details we hand over to get our Aadhaar number, PAN card, etc.
But did you know that you could sue companies that take Aadhaar details from you but fail to protect the security of that data? This was revealed by experts at a seminar on cyber security on Saturday.
Individuals can take erring companies to court because the Centre’s rules clearly state that firms taking Aadhaar details should protect them at all costs, they said.
The seminar was conducted under the aegis of the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) in the wake of recent ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya that affected not just corporations but also large numbers of individuals.
Cyber security experts, representatives from IT companies and techies attended the programme at the Cyberabad Police Headquarters in Gachibowli.
When British Airways was hit by malware attacks recently, passengers were stranded at airports and cities across the world, SCSC secretary Bharani K. Aroll said, describing the magnitude of the effects of cyber attacks.
Janaki Sharmila, DCP (Crimes) and SCSC’s Cyber Security convener, said the seminar was organised to create awareness on cyber threats and on how to safeguard oneself from them using simple measures. Legal expert Jyoti Das explained the nuances of IT laws and the need to enforce the IT Act, IPC (Indian Penal Code) and CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) sections to deter cyber crimes.
Sumeet Mathur of Computer Associates said that while cyber security was not such a big concern 10-15 years ago, it was now because the world runs on software today.
Cyient’s Gaurav Kataria described how the world was going digital and explained the scope of digital threats and the need to protect devices, documents and applications with secure passwords....