Cyber crime wing to be expanded
ISLAMABAD: The government has approved a project to expand the National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes and decided to turn it into a permanent wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved an allocation of Rs468.667 million for the second phase of the project.
According to sources, Rs10 million has been allocated in the budget for creating awareness about the cyber crime law through seminars, workshops and other events.
Three wings of the centre are being set up in Quetta, Peshawar and Rawalpindi.
The current staff will get a permanent status and an additional 102 officers will be inducted into the expanded organisation.
An official said the digital forensic facilities would be strengthened with state-of-the-art tools and devices to curb electronic crimes. This would enable the agency to track criminal evidence from all types of digital media even if it was damaged, he said.
The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance of 2007 lapsed in November 2009 and a draft law presented before the National Assembly was referred to a committee for review. Some lawmakers have expressed concern that law-enforcement personnel may misuse their powers under the proposed legislation.