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NA approves cyber crime bill

Beware the ones involved in electronic crimes! the government has passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 that ratifies fine and punishment to cyber criminals.

Illegal access to data is punishable by three months prison term and 50,000 fine, according to the bill. The copy or transfer of data without permission may send a person behind the bars for as much as six months and dine him Rs one lac.

A person may also have to face up to two years imprisonment for interfering in informative stats, while he could also be fined as much as half a million rupees.

Similarly, unauthorized access to sensitive infrastructure, information system or data can get an accused jailed for five years and fined Rs 5 million.

The bill also mentions harsh punishments for facilitating hate speech, cyber terrorism, electronic fraud, issuance of cellular SIM cards and other illegal acts.

The federal government will set up emergency response teams to foil cyber attacks on information systems.

The bill must also be approved by the Senate prior to being signed into a law.

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