India happens to be one of the countries which have seen illegal drugs and other illicit activities increase unprecedentedly and all thanks to the dark web. The situation is becoming worse each day as the police have numerous failed attempts to stop it. At the moment, the Supreme Justice is calling for a new approach to tackle the situation. Justice S A Bobde of the Supreme Court on the 24th of this month gave a fair warning about the growing threat the dark web poses. He then said that that sector of the internet should be regulated.
During a speech at the 50th seminar organized by Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in Mumbai, Justice Bobde stated that “We must be careful about the dark web which can be misused by people with the intention to harm the nation. Today, you can order anything on the dark web like drugs, weapons etc. You don’t have any control over it, no record. So there is a great need to regulate this sector,” he added.
The seminar focused on ‘Fundamentals and Future of Dispute Resolution in ABC&T (Airport, Broadcasting, Cyber, and Telecom)’ and according to TDSAT chairperson justice Shiva Kirti Singh, it was aimed at a “better understanding” of key emerging issues in these sectors.
Justice Bobde’s comments follow numerous dark web related cases of which India happens to find themselves in. As if what the country was experiencing wasn’t enough, global studies and surveys on dark web related drug busts and cybercrime attacks always seem to find India entangled in it.
For instance, a survey done earlier this month by UK market researcher Vanson Bourne revealed that about 67% of businesses in India had been a victim of darknet ransomware attacks. Amongst 10 countries surveyed, India took the top spot with the highest level of infection, outranking some top countries such as the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
During the latter stages of last year, the country’s capital had its first dark web international drug racket bust. Members of the gang included Indians as well as foreign nationals, a scenario, which showed how far the country was involved in the activities on the dark web.
What’s worrisome here is that the country’s youth of which teenagers contributes a larger part are the crop of people heavily involved in these illegal activities. A recent drug bust involving some youths of Nashik saw a 14-year-old involved in the illegal drug business.
Justice S S Kemkar, a chief guest at the seminar also spoke on the issue of the dark web, highlighting the need for enforcing privacy. He stated that in view of the Supreme Court’s ruling, there should be more incentives and plans to control the invasion of privacy in the form of unsolicited communication with a commercial agenda.
According to him, “an effective system of grievance redressal by service providers” stating “responsive dispute redressal is a pre-requisite for orderly growth of these four sectors where business transactions are complex and traverse borders and include different regulations,” will be ideal and very necessary.
Pawan Duggal, a veteran cyber law practitioner and a pioneer when it comes to online crimes, who was a speaker at the event also, spoke to reporters about the fear of the dark web growing even more. It is in fact widely spreading, pulling high school children and the youth of the county into it.