M. Srinivas

CID norms, if approved, will insist on photo IDs of customers

  • Owner of the cyber cafes should keep a logbook in which details of surfers must be entered
  • In case of no ID card, the customer should be photographed with a web cam

    HYDERABAD: Internet buffs may soon have to browse the web under the watchful eyes of a camera and that too after submitting an identity proof.

    That is, if the State Government manages to implement a set of new regulations formulated by the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

    Taking a cue from their counterparts in Karnataka, CID officials have formulated the regulations asking cyber café owners to allow only those who submit their photo identity card to use their facilities.

    The owners are also to maintain a logbook in which all details, including personal address of surfers, should be entered.

    `Fine' looms

    If browsers fail to furnish photo identity cards, the owners have to take their photographs with a web-cam and store them.

    At the same time, the owners have to store all the details for one year, failing which a fine of Rs.10,000 will be slapped on them.

    The `illegal' activities of young couples in cubicles of a cyber café could also be curbed with the new initiative, authorities feel.

    "We have formulated these rules to trace details of users along with their emails in case they are found to be guilty of some crime," Superintendent of Police (Cyber Crime Wing) M. Shivananda Reddy said.

    He said the proposals were sent to the Government for approval.

    Safe haven

    Another official said this move would also help police keep a tab on anti-national elements, particularly ISI agents.

    After landing in Hyderabad, terrorists have been using cyber cafes as a "safe place" for easy communication with their associates in Pakistan.

    For instance, LeT operative Mohammed Ibrahim (24) of Gulshan Iqbal Colony in the Old City, who was arrested by the Task Force Police in August last, used to interact with his handlers through email and chat with them over the Internet.

    He had come to the city to recruit youth for `jehadi' training in Bangladesh.

    Another LeT operative Shami Ahmed Shah alias Abdul Rehman, who was arrested in Gulbarga in March this year for allegedly planning to blow-up the Nagarjunasagar dam, is said to have used cyber cafes at Narayanguda and Vijayanagar Colony near Mehdipatnam to communicate with his associates across the border.