The District Magistrate, North, on Monday said that unknown persons would be prohibited from using cyber cafes.

This action was taken after receiving reports from the Superintendent of Police regarding terrorist threats to the Western Coast of India. It was made compulsory to impose restrictions on cyber cafes.

The District Magistrate said that a register should be maintained where the visitor/user would enter his name, address, telephone number, and identity proof along with his signature in his own handwriting.

He has said that the user must produce an identity card, voter card, ration card, driving licence, passport, or photo credit card. The activity server log should be preserved in the main server for at least six months and if the visitor/user appears suspicious, the owner of the cafe should immediately inform the police, he said.

The order came into force on April 12, 2012, and shall be effective for a period of 60 days up to June 10, 2012 unless withdrawn earlier.