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7 forensic labs to provide electronic evidence in courts soon:

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

today said that seven central forensic labs will be notified in three weeks so that they could provide electronic evidence in courts.

"Under section 79 (A) of the Act, my department notifies forensic laboratories which can give electronic evidence in court.

"In three weeks, we will notify seven central forensic laboratories which will also include University. Experts from these laboratories can depose in court as expert electronic witnesses," Prasad, of Electronics and Information Technology, said here on the sidelines of a conference on

Addressing the concluding session of the 24th All Conference, called on forensic experts to meet the challenges of cyber security during India's transformation to a digital economy.

"is changing through digital economy, but there are challenges. Many people are abusing this system, and this is our challenge. I would like the forensic team to think about challenges," Prasad, who also holds the portfolio of law and justice, said.

said that while emerged as a major centre for like WhatsApp, and Twitter, some people were misusing it to foment trouble and spread hatred.

The asked a gathering mainly comprising forensic experts and students: Is it not the duty of the police force to counter false And should this not be the work of forensic teams to find out what kind of people are doing this and help police take action against them?

"While we appreciate the rise of the movement in the country, if there is abuse, it is equally the responsibility of forensic teams to understand the challenge.

"is becoming a big centre of data and there is enormous potential for data analysis. If we can use it for good, others can abuse it for bad," he said, while urging the younger forensic students to come up with innovative and effective solutions to "contain the dark consequences of the dark net".

also asked universities teaching to run campaigns to create awareness among the common public so that they don't fall prey to the criminals operating on digital platforms.

Speaking on the right to privacy, said: "We respect the right to privacy in terms of income record, medical record. The supports the right to speech, privacy and empowerment of common man. But it cannot become the shield of the corrupt and terrorists".

Asked about the recent terror attacks, he said that the government had managed to isolate in the world.

"Those who attack are also killed or held. Today is isolated in the world. I would like to ask the Opposition and on their irresponsible behaviour in seeking proof of the surgical strikes. Today, countries of the Middle East are standing with on terrorism, and we will be able to destroy their (Pakistan's) terrorist intention," he added.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:50 IST